Pet SurgeryPet owners don’t typically need any extra convincing when it comes to controlling the number of unwanted litters. Indeed, by spaying or neutering pets, the benefits to communities and neighborhoods are far-reaching. Equally important, however, are the many ways this common pet surgery affects overall health, behavior, and even longevity.

The Power of Numbers

The number of animals euthanized every year is astonishingly high. The answer to this predicament is simple: sterilization. Homeless strays breed countless litters that, in turn, have the potential to do the same. Neutering males and spaying females is the most effective method to eliminate unwanted litters. In addition, this pet surgery is also considered safe with a low rate of complications.

Fine Print

What does surgical sterilization entail?

  • Pre-anesthesia blood work
  • General anesthesia
  • Removal of reproductive organs (for females: removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus; for males: removal of the testes)
  • Stitches at the incision site(s)
  • Daily help with gentle handling, reminders not to lick at the wound, and the administration of antibiotics or pain medication

Keep in Mind

This may seem like a lot to handle, but remember, spaying/neutering your pet will not alter their sweet, playful personality or impact any trained behaviors or skills.

In fact, sterilization has the potential to stop marking and other territorial behaviors. It can also inhibit male roaming, mounting, vocalization, fighting, and aggression. Female pets will not have a heat cycle or any associated instinctual breeding behaviors, such as pacing or howling.

Benefits of This Pet Surgery

Neutered males and spayed females are proven to live longer than unaltered pets. They also have fewer run-ins with other animals (wild and domesticated) and motor vehicles. They receive the following benefits, as well:

  • Decreased risk for various cancers, such as breast, uterine, testicular, prostate, and other cancers of the reproductive system
  • Lower chance of dangerous uterine tract infections
  • Fewer benign tumors

The above obviously affect a pet’s longevity and quality of life, but the financial impact of this pet surgery is also substantial. Sure, there will be upfront costs associated with the procedure, but caring for an animal with a serious infection or cancer can be financially difficult.

When to Make the Change

We take into consideration your pet’s species, breed, age, and physical health. It’s recommended the procedure take place around 6 months of age. Many people tend to wait until a female’s first heat cycle, but that may not be the best option for every pet.

Most animals bounce back within a week or so after this pet surgery, but if you notice vomiting, diarrhea, trouble urinating, difficulty breathing, or lethargy, we advise you to call us right away. We’re always here for you and your pet.