Deciding whether or not to spay or neuter your pet is something each pet owner must do, and for some it is a difficult decision to make. At Asher Road Animal Hospital we encourage the procedure for virtually all of our clients. There are multiple benefits, both for pet owners and pets, and they are worth considering if your pet has yet to be spayed or neutered.
Spay and Neuter Procedures Benefit Pets
The benefits to getting your pet “fixed” are both immediate and lifelong. Spaying is the term used to refer to an ovariohysterectomy for a female and the castration of a male, procedures that permanently prevent the animal from breeding. Some pet owners find this idea initially alarming, but there are several reasons why all major animal welfare groups endorse the procedures. The decision to spay and neuter helps your pet and your community, and makes living with your animal much easier.
When you spay your female dog she no longer goes into heat. This means there are no messes to clean up and no worries about her meeting up with an adult male dog and getting pregnant. For female cats it means no worries of yowling and moaning and pacing the floor.
When you neuter your dog, you help prevent excessive marking, humping and aggressive behavior. Your male cat will also behave more calmly and be less likely to mark your home.
The benefits do not stop with your comfort, however. These procedures, especially if performed early enough, do much to prevent breast cancer, uterine infections, uterine cancer, testicular cancer and perianal tumors. Your pet’s lifelong health outlook becomes much more positive as a result of spay and neuter procedures.
Your community also benefit greatly from having these procedures performed. Around 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year because no one claims them. The largest contributing factor to this is excessive breeding by dogs and cats. The animals cannot help themselves, but there are simply not enough homes for the litters that result. When you spay and neuter you avoid adding to the overburdened shelter system. In addition, your pet is easier to get along with for both other pets and their owners.
Some owners worry about their animals getting fat as a result of the procedure. While it is possible that your pet will be more prone to weight gain, in reality you can easily counteract this with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. These are things that you would want to do regardless of the procedure.
Our veterinarian can perform spay and neuter procedures here at Asher Road Animal Hospital quickly and safely. There are few risks associated with the surgery and your pet should be good as new within a few weeks of the operation. Ultimately it is your decision whether or not to spay or neuter your animal, but we recommend to procedure to virtually all pet owners. Contact our clinic at 778-753-3507 with any questions or to schedule your pet’s appointment. Spay and neuter in Kelowna at 156 Asher Road.