The Importance of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet
As a pet owner you know how cute, adorable, smart and amazing your dog or cat really is. You may even have friends that have told you that they would love to have a kitten or a puppy if your dog was the Mom or Dad. Unfortunately what people say and what they do is often two different things. Plus, to make things more difficult, you may be looking at having to get rid of eight to twelve or more puppies or kittens, which for unregistered pets is often virtually impossible to do. In fact there are an estimated six to eight million unwanted puppies and kittens turned in to rescues and shelters every year in the United States alone.
Spaying or neutering your pet is the only way to prevent many different health related risks besides unplanned pregnancies and litters. Males and females that are spayed or neutered have a lower risk of developing many different types of diseases, including cancers of the respective reproductive systems. In addition female dogs and cats can experience a potentially life threatening condition known as Pyometra, which is a bacterial infection in the uterus.
Behavioral problems can also be completely avoided with spaying and neutering. If you don’t want your young male dog to start marking territory on the legs of your favorite chair or to start to act more aggressive then early neutering is the answer. For females early spaying prevents her from becoming an escape artist from the home or yard and also prevents the rather messy and nasty experience of her going into heat.
Spaying and neutering is not cruel to your pet and will not result in you pet becoming lazy, fat or uninterested in life. Instead you can safely take your pet anywhere at anytime without having to worry about hormonally driven behaviors or having to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. You also will have a much happier pet that is more content to stay at home and far less likely to roam and wander.
At LazyPaw Animal Hospitals we encourage all pet owners to have their animals spayed or neutered as soon as possible. And, in case you were wondering, we do provide an ecollar for your pet when they leave us to go home with you. The ecollar is a state of the art technology that will prevent your pet from licking at the incision site, allowing faster healing and much less risk of trauma and complications. Give us a call or use the online appointment scheduler to set an appointment before you issues you don’t want to deal with.