Spay and Neuter Your Pets
The most commonly recognized benefit to spaying and neutering your pet is in reducing the burden of unwanted dogs and cats that overwhelm the resources of animal shelters all over the world. Spaying is a surgical procedure that removes the female internal reproductive organs and their associated hormones.
Neutering surgically removes male external reproductive organs and hormones as well. In addition to the obvious role in controlling the pet population, there are other medical benefits to having these procedures performed.
Female dogs are particularly prone to developing infections of the uterus. Uterine infections are commonly named the “silent killer” since the dog may suddenly become extremely ill with no warning symptoms. Mammary tumors are also commonly found in unspayed dogs. Female cats are susceptible to these same diseases.
Male dogs that are not neutered are susceptible to disease of the prostate as well as tumors in the anal area in their senior years. Male cats that are not neutered are commonly seen in emergency visits after traumatic fight wounds.
Spaying and neutering also controls behavioural aspects associated with mating. Many animals are harmed after escaping the safety of home in their attempts to roam and search for a mate. This unfortunately leads to many accidents and missing pets.
Your veterinarian would be happy to discuss all aspects of spaying and neutering and the benefits to both you and your pet.