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SPAYING AND NEUTERING

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering is an important health decision for your pet. The procedure known as spaying is removal of the uterus and ovaries of a female, and castration (often called neutering) is removal of the testes from the scrotal sac of a male. Spaying or neutering is generally done at Fisher Glen Animal Hospital at approximately 6 months of age, and is a day surgery. Consequently your pet may return home with you that same evening.

The best time to spay or neuter your pet is when they are young, generally around six months. It is preferable to spay females before their first heat, as it decreases the chance of mammary cancer later in life. At this time the reproductive tract is also smaller and less developed, making the surgery easier on your pet. Our veterinarians perform this surgery under general anesthesia, with minimal surgical risk or post-operative pain. Your pet will not get fat and lazy as a result of the surgery. Diet, exercise and heredity have much more influence on this.

The benefits of spaying or neutering your pet include:

In Females:

  • Spaying prevents signs of estrus (heat).
  • Prevention of blood stains on carpet from heat cycle.
  • Eliminates chance of cystic ovaries
  • Decreases chance of breast cancer
  • Chance of uterine infection eliminated
  • Spaying eliminates unwanted pregnancy

In Males:

  • Neutering decreases incidence of prostate disease.
  • Eliminates testicular cancer.
  • Neutering decreases desire to roam and fight.
  • Decreased odour of urine.
  • Helps prevent spraying.

Why Should You Spay Or Neuter Your Pet?

If you do not intend to breed your pet, spaying and neutering is important for many reasons. First and foremost, if you take a look at the Humane Society website you will see that dog and cat overpopulation is a big problem. Because of this, many unwanted animals live miserable, short lives. It’s up to you to make sure that your pet is not adding to these populations!

However there are other reasons, and they involve your pet’s health. Animals were not meant to go through life as non-reproducing companions. Consequently, years of hormonal stimulation can cause problems like breast cancer and life-threatening uterine infections in females, and testicular cancer in males. Additionally, those hormones can also be the culprits in behavioural problems. These problems may include your pet trying to escape the house to find a mate, or leaving little urine marks around the home territory.

So unless you plan to breed animals in a serious and conscientious manner and take the time to find them good, loving homes, please spay or neuter your pet. Not only will you be doing your part to reduce the unwanted pet population (millions of which are euthanized each year), you will help ensure that your pet stays healthy and is an enjoyable house pet for years to come.

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