Morris County Pets Benefit From Spay & Neuter Surgery
The professionals at Community Animal Hospital encourage every pet owner that is not actively managing a breeding program to spay or neuter their pets.
There is a serious pet overpopulation problem in our country today, and even if you do not intend to breed your pet, there are many accidental pregnancies. Aside from being socially responsible, spaying and neutering is good for your pet’s health by decrease the risk of certain cancers and other medical problems. We recommend spaying or neutering dogs and cats around 6 months of age.
Some Facts About Spay & Neuter
- Spaying your female pet before the first heat cycle provides significant protection against mammary cancer; if the surgery is done after her first heat cycle, this protection is decreased.
- Spaying eliminates life-threatening uterine infections called pyometras, as well as uterine and ovarian cancer.
- Spaying your female pet completely prevents unwanted litters and helps reduce the homeless pet population.
- Neutering eliminates the risk of cancers, as well as testicular and prostatic diseases.
- Urine marking is greatly reduced, if not eliminated completely, especially if the animal is neutered before sexual maturity.
- A male’s urge to wander in search of females in heat is a leading cause of animals being killed by vehicles; neutering eliminates hormones that fuel the urge to wander, reducing the likelihood of injury by automobiles.
- Neutered pets are not as likely to be injured in fights with other animals.
Each year, millions of homeless dogs and cats are killed in shelters in virtually every city in the country. A simple, routine surgery is the responsible step toward addressing this serious and growing problem.
What About Other Pets?
In addition, Community Animal Hospital recommends you spay or neuter your pet rabbit. The Humane Society of the United States reports:
“Rabbits reproduce faster than dogs or cats and often end up in shelters where they must be euthanized. Spaying or neutering rabbits can reduce hormone-driven behavior such as lunging, mounting, spraying, and boxing. Spaying females can prevent ovarian, mammary, and uterine cancers, which can be prevalent in mature females.”
Many pets benefit from being spayed or neutered. At your next wellness visit, we will be pleased to discuss the advantages of this routine surgical procedure for your special pet.
Visit the Humane Society website for more about the many reasons to spay or neuter your pets.