Why You Should Spay and Neuter Your Pets
The spay and neuter procedures can be good for pets and good for the community. Spaying and neutering pets is a good way to control the issue of pet overpopulation. Many pets are euthanized every year due to overpopulation, because there are not enough homes available to adopt every unowned pet that ends up in a shelter. Spaying and neutering keeps dog and cat populations under control, and helps to spare many pets from euthanasia as a result.
There are also a number of benefits for your pet if you choose to spay or neuter them. Studies have shown that pets can live longer, healthier lives after the procedure.
Benefits of Spaying Female Pets:
- Decreased risk of reproductive and breast cancers
- Females won’t menstruate or go into heat
- Eliminates anxiety during heat cycles
Benefits of Neutering Male Pets:
- Contributes to more docile, peaceful behavior
- Decreases chance of testicular cancer & prostate issues
- Reduces “territory marking” behaviors
- Less likely to run away from home
The Spay and Neuter Procedures
Spaying and neutering are part of the routine surgical procedures we perform on pets in the Edmonton area. Our compassionate staff understands that surgery can be stressful for pets and their owners, so we take the time to fully describe the procedure ahead of time. We also take every precaution to ensure that the surgery and healing process are as stress-free as possible.
When a female dog or cat is spayed, the ovaries and uterus are removed. This process eliminates the reproductive issues that can complicate the lives of female pets.
When a male dog or cat is neutered, the testicles are removed. This eliminates many of the aggressive or hyperactive behaviors that male pets tend to exhibit.
Spay and Neuter Aftercare
Spaying and neutering are outpatient procedures, meaning that in the vast majority of cases, the pets are able to go home with their owners the same day. Pet owners are encouraged to check the pet’s stitches daily to ensure that they are still in place and the incision is healing. Owners should also try to keep the pet relaxed and inactive for about 10 days, until the pet is fully healed.
If it’s time to spay or neuter your pet, contact Oxford Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment.