Spay & Neuter
The general rule of thumb in small animal veterinary medicine is “if you are not going to breed them, then neuter them”. That’s because most dogs and cats make better behaved healthier pets if neutered. Neutering at a young agecan prevent many diseases at a later age. In females, this includes mammary cancer, uterine infections/pyometra as well as others. In males, it includes testicular cancer, cancer around the anal glands and others. so for the best chance for a well behaved, happy and healthy pet, have them neutered. If on the other hand you are interested in breeding, we can help you with that as well.
What is Spaying and Neutering?
The word neuter is a generic term that can be applied to the male or female. When a procedure is done to remove the reproductive tract. In females, it is called a spay or ovariohysterectomy where the ovaries and uterus are removed. In the male, it is called castration or neutering where the testicles are removed.
When Can Spaying/Neuturing Happen?
Although there is some debate going on between veterinarians, we generally recommend it at six months of age. This is an age that has been recommended for decades and for the most part is a very good time. However, as with most things, there can be exceptions to the rule.
What Are The Benefits?
Although there are some obvious benefits to spaying and neutering, it still may be difficult deciding if you should go through with the surgery. While having your pet reproduce can provide beautiful offspring, you have to weigh the pros and cons before going through with the surgery. Take a look at some benefits of spaying/neutering:
Spaying Leads to a Longer, Healthier Life
Spaying a dog before their first heat cycle virtually eliminates the chances of mammary cancer later in life. It also prevents uterine infections called pyometra which can cause severe illness and death.
Neutering Provides Many Health Benefits
Neutering your cat or dog will prevent the chance of getting testicular cancer, perianal cancer, prostate gland enlargement, and unwanted pregnancy.
Pets are less likely to:
- Mark territory with urine or feces.
- Try to escape to find a mate. Helps to eliminate wandering off, digging out of fenced yard, or getting out of the house.
- Be strong willed & aggressive (male dogs).
The amount of money you can save by neutering or spaying is pretty substantial. Not only will you not have to deal with problematic behaviors, but you also won’t have the financial burden of caring for a litter. Vaccinations, food, and other necessary items start to add up quickly with new litters, so spaying and neutering will prevent these costs.
Eastwaye Veterinary Clinic Can Help
For questions about spaying or neutering, or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, make sure you call Eastwaye Veterinary Clinic today! From our caring team of professionals to our warm and comfortable office, we’ll treat your pet as if they’re our own. Our veterinary experts have decades of experience and we’d be happy to speak with you about how we can improve the life of your pet. Call us today for more information!