How Spay and Neuter Surgeries Benefit the Pet Population
Both individual pets and the greater pet population gain significant benefits from timely spay and neuter surgeries. Your own pet will live a longer, fuller life by avoiding serious illnesses associated with their reproductive organs, as well as be more attentive companions with their behavioral benefits. Additionally, surgery helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets, which means current shelter pets have a better chance of finding homes and fewer will face euthanasia.
Breaking Down the Benefits
Male or female, cat or dog, your pet should have a spay or neuter surgery to promote their health and well-being. But how exactly does surgery help? Here’s the breakdown:
- Reduces testosterone-driven behaviors such as mounting and urine-marking
- May contribute to less dog-to-dog aggression
- Makes pets less likely to roam to find a mate
- Prevents prostate problems later in life
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
- Reduces estrogen-driven behaviors such as becoming clingy and very vocal
- Eliminates heat cycles which contribute to spotting (in dogs), yowling (in cats), and other behavior changes
- Makes your pet less likely to roam to find a mate
- Prevents mammary gland tumors
- Eliminates the risk of pyometra (uterine infection), ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer
Timing for Surgery
Spay and neuter surgeries have a lot of benefits, but these benefits are even greater if your pet undergoes surgery at the appropriate time. Generally, we neuter dogs at 6 ½ months old and cats at 5 months old. However, this timeline can shift based on conversations with you, their medical history, as well as their breed. Some larger dog breeds can benefit from a later surgery after they’ve finished growing. When you bring your new pet in for their first medical checkup, we’ll discuss their surgery options then!