At Henderson Animal Hospital we love animals and want to keep your pets healthy for as long as possible. We know that part of keeping your pets healthy is making sure they are spayed or neutered. Not only is this a safe and simple surgery to help control the pet population, but there are many health and behavioral benefits associated with spay and neuter surgery. Below, we will take an in depth look at spay and neuter surgery for your pet.
What Is the Procedure?
Spay and neuter procedures are a specific type of surgery designed to prevent pet pregnancy. For females, spay surgery involves removing the uterus and ovaries, and for males neuter surgery involves removing the testicles. Having this surgery performed means your pet will no longer be able to birth offspring.
What Are the Benefits of Spay & Neuter?
There are health and behavioral benefits associated with spaying and neutering your pets. For females, spaying reduces the risk of certain diseases like uterine infections. Further, mammary tumors, which can be cancerous, are greatly reduced or eliminated in spayed females. For males, prostate and testicle cancer is eliminated with neutering. In male dogs, neuter surgery can prevent many unwanted behaviors such as roaming. Male pets who have been neutered are less aggressive and will be less likely to mark. In male cats, neutering can help prevent spraying. Most importantly though, spay and neuter surgery can help keep the pet population under control. Every year millions of unplanned puppies and kittens end up in shelters and are often euthanized due to overcrowding.
When You Should Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
Typically, puppies are spayed or neutered between six and nine months of age. Kittens should be spayed or neutered at 5 to 6 months of age. Many shelters will spay or neuter an animal as soon as he or she is admitted to the shelter and make spay and neuter surgery mandatory for any new adoptions. While it is typical to have your pet spayed or neutered at a young age, there really is no age limit to the surgery. As the pet ages though, complications may increase with the surgery. If your pet is in good health, this is a safe, simple, and incredibly effective surgery.
The veterinarian team at Henderson Animal Hospital cares about keeping pets healthy, and cares about keeping the pet population in control. We will gladly help answer any questions you may have regarding spay and neuter procedures. We are conveniently located at 1434 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB R2G-1N4. To schedule an appointment for your pet's spay or neuter surgery call us today at (204) 339-9295.