What You Need to Know About Spay and Neuter

Spaying and neutering are considered to be some of the most responsible things a pet owner can do for their pet. They are surgical procedures that help to prevent the overpopulation of pets by ensuring pets cannot breed. If you are a new pet owner, you may have a lot of questions. Following are the answers to several questions the veterinary professionals at Ambassador Animal Hospital frequently receive regarding spaying and neutering.

What is the Difference Between Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying refers to the removal of your female pet’s reproductive organs, and neutering is the procedure that is done for male pets. When a female pet is spayed, the veterinarian removes the animal’s ovaries and typically the uterus, which prevents the animal from reproducing and eliminates the heat cycle. In most situations, once the spay procedure is done, there will also be a decrease or ending to their breeding instincts. When the neuter procedure is done by the vet, both testicles are removed, rendering the pet unable to reproduce.

What are the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?

Benefits of spaying your pet include:

  • Heat cycles are eliminated
  • The desire to roam is reduced
  • Eliminated risk of uterine and ovarian cancer and mammary gland tumors
  • Reduces the number of unwanted kittens and puppies
  • It Helps cats and dogs live a longer, healthier life

Benefits of neutering your pet include:

  • Spraying and marking is significantly reduced
  • The procedure eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and decreases the risk of prostate disease
  • Reduced risk of roaming
  • Reduces the number of unwanted puppies and kittens
  • Decreases aggressive behavior
  • Allows them to live a longer, healthier life

The recommended age for spaying or neutering varies depending on age and breed, so it’s important to talk with your veterinarian at the animal hospital about the recommended time for your pet.

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