The Importance of Spaying and Neutering your pets
Animal Clinic of Verona
Spaying and Neutering can help control the overpopulation of cats and dogs. Through this practice we are able to help animals in more ways than one!
Read about the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets.
Healthier females. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
And behavioral benefits:
Your spayed female pet won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise that she's ready for some dating, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently-usually at the expense of your house!
Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways to escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks traffic injuries, unfriendly people, being stolen, and fights with other male animals.
Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he's neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutered.
When should you spay/neuter your pet?
For dogs: The traditional age for spaying/neutering is approximately 6-9 months. Dogs can be spayed and neutered as adults as well, although there's a slightly higher risk of post-operative complications in older dogs, dogs that are overweight or dogs that have health problems.
For cats: It is generally considered safe for kittens from 4-6 months of age. Adult felines can be spayed/neutered as adults as well. In animal shelters, surgery is often performed earlier so that kittens can be sterilized prior to adoption. In an effort to avoid the start of urine spraying and eliminate the chance for pregnancy, it is advisable to schedule the surgery before your own cat reaches five months of age. It is possible to spay a cat while she is in heat.
Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet.