Spaying and Neutering Keeps Pets Well
When you bring in your new pet for an examination and to meet their veterinarian, the conversation will inevitably turn to their reproductive health. Whether your new family member is 6 weeks old or 2 years old, if their reproductive organs are intact, your doctor will want to discuss spaying and neutering with you. The prospect of putting your pet through surgery may be unpleasant, but not having them “fixed” could have many negative consequences for their well-being. We’re dedicated to keeping the pets of Groveport and surrounding areas as healthy as possible, so we strongly recommend this surgery for all our patients.
According to the ASPCA, spaying helps to prevent harmful uterine infections and breast tumors in approximately 50% of dogs, and 90% of cats. Both males and females can avoid potentially fatal diseases if they undergo surgery as soon as they’re old enough.
Benefits of Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery
It’s our responsibility to talk to pet owners about every aspect of their pet’s healthcare needs. We want you and your pet to live comfortably and happily together, and spay or neuter surgery goes a long way towards ensuring that. These routine surgeries will reduce and/or eliminate the following:
- Unwanted pregnancies
- Going into heat (estrus)
- Uterine infections
- Breast tumors
- Spraying urine in the house
- Mounting objects, people, or animals
- Testicular cancer
- Prostate problems
When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
We typically recommend spay or neuter surgery when pets are about 6 months. For some dogs, especially larger breeds, we recommend waiting until they are slightly older, but before they become reproductively mature. Older pets can undergo the surgery as well, but be aware that as your pet ages, their risk of having complications will increase. It is especially important that you have your female pet spayed as soon as possible when they’re of age. Heat cycles vary from one canine to the next, but they usually last about 2-4 weeks on average. For cats, the complete cycle lasts about 1-3 weeks.
The benefits of pet spay and neuter far outweigh the disadvantages. Our knowledgeable veterinarians will provide you with all the advice you need to make a confident, informed decision about your loved one’s health and safety. To learn more about our pet spay and neuter services here in Groveport or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (614) 836-3222.