Spaying & Neutering: What to Know
Spaying and neutering are incredibly important procedures that will reduce the pet overpopulation problem our country has and also help your pet live a longer, healthier life. For those who have recently adopted a pet or are considering it, it is one of the most important health decisions you’ll make for your furry friend.
What’s the Difference?
The removal of your female pet’s ovaries and uterus. This procedure requires little hospitalization, yet a lifetime of health benefits.
The removal of your male pet’s testicles. It will improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.
What Are the Medical Benefits of Spaying & Neutering?
Protection from Diseases
Spaying your female pet will help them live a longer, healthier life. Spaying can prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are cancerous in around 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Neutering your male pet can prevent various prostate problems and testicular cancer.
While spaying and neutering can help your animal live a longer and healthier life, there are several behavioral benefits, as well.
What Are the Behavioral Benefits of Spaying & Neutering?
Better Behaved Boys
While your pet’s instinctual personality won’t change, certain behavior problems can be fixed, such as aggression, excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance-related tendencies.
Animals that haven’t been neutered will try their best to find a mate. This includes roaming away from home! Having your pet neutered will reduce their desire to roam, decreasing their chance of getting injured in traffic or from fighting other males in the process.
No Heat for the Ladies
Your female pet will typically urinate more frequently, sometimes in your home, when they go into heat. Spaying your four-legged friend can eliminate this issue!
When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Cats will be ready to be fixed at a younger age than dogs. Traditionally, it is safe for kittens to be spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks old. You want to have them fixed before they’re five months old to avoid the start of urine spraying and reduce the chance of pregnancy.
Typically you should spay or neuter your dog when they’re between the ages of six and nine months. That’s not to say that dogs can be fixed earlier or later than that, however.
If a dog is healthy enough, they can undergo the operation as young as 2 months old, although we do not recommend it. Dogs can also be fixed as adults as well, although there is a higher risk of post-operative complications due to their weight, age, or pre-existing health problems.
You can spay or neuter your female bunny as soon as they are sexually mature, usually around 4 months of age. That said, many veterinarians prefer to wait until they are 6 months old, to reduce the risk associated with performing the procedure on a younger rabbit.
Males can be neutered as soon as the testicles descend. This typically happens around 8 to 12 weeks.
A Cost-Effective Solution to Pet Overpopulation
Spaying and neutering are important procedures that will help your pet live a healthier life and curb the massive overpopulation issue we are currently facing. Not to mention, it can help save you money in the long-run.
The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treating reproductive system cancer or injuries from fighting, something that is common in unaltered pets.
Helping Your Pet Live Longer, Healthier & Happier
As a pet owner, you want to do everything you can to keep your furry loved one healthy, happy, and thriving. If you still have questions about spaying and neutering, call Northside Animal Hospital at 229-244-2983 today!