Caring for Your Companion with Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery
When you get your pet spayed or neutered, you give them a better quality of life. Behavior that can leave them lost or injured is lessened as well as the incidence of many cancers. You can also have peace of mind, as a pet owner, knowing you’re not contributing to animal overpopulation by keeping them from having unwanted litters. At Northside Animal Hospital in Columbus, we listen to your needs and will closely advise you on the best time to get your loved one spayed or neutered.
When to Get Your Cat or Dog Spayed or Neutered
The timing of pet spay and neuter surgery is important, and we’ll carefully discuss the best time to get your cat or dog spayed or neutered. Your pet’s wellness care visit is the perfect time to talk about when you should get your breed and type of pet spayed or neutered. Generally, female pets can be spayed between six and nine-month’s old and male pets can be neutered between six and twelve months old. Certain breeds of dog may be better if they wait to undergo spay or neuter surgery, because it can make them more susceptible to certain cancers. In most cases though, spaying and neutering your pet has many benefits that outweigh any drawbacks.
The Perks of Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
The call of the wild is strong for pets. When they reach sexual maturity, their natural instinct kicks in and they will roam great distances looking for a mate. Getting them spayed or neutered before this time greatly reduces or eliminates this behavior. Your pet receives other valuable perks too, like a decreased chance of developing potentially lethal cancers.
The perks of pet spay and neuter surgery include:
- Cats are less likely to develop dangerous diseases, like leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis and feline immunodeficiency virus.
- Female cats and dogs are less likely to develop malignant breast tumors.
- Urine spraying and marking behavior is reduced or eliminated in all pets.
- Roaming behavior is greatly reduced or eliminated in all pets.
- Male cats and dogs are less likely to develop prostate disease.
- Male cats and dogs will not develop testicular cancer.
- Unwanted litters and pregnancies are reduced.
We’re ready to carefully discuss and educate you on pet spay and neuter surgery at Northside. We’ll also closely monitor your pet during surgery and send you home with detailed instructions. Please contact us to learn more!