Lebanon Road Animal Hospital

The Advantages of Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery

We care deeply about pets in Hermitage and our local communities. When you have your female pet spayed and your male pet neutered, you’re likely helping your pet live longer and healthier. You’ll also be doing your part by not contributing to animal overpopulation. An estimated 6-8 million pets enter animal shelters yearly, according to The Humane Society of the United States. A large portion of these animals are euthanized because they have nowhere to go. By having your pet spayed or neutered, you’ll help curb this epidemic while also providing them with numerous medical and behavioral benefits.

Giving Your Pet Numerous Benefits

The benefits of pet spay and neuter surgery are some they’re not likely to receive any other way. Both your male and female pet are dramatically less likely to roam far and wide searching for a mate. Thereby, reducing their chances of becoming lost or injured.

Some of the benefits for female pets:

  • Breast tumors, which are often malignant, are less likely to develop.
  • The chances they develop ovarian or uterine cancer are significantly reduced.
  • Unexpected pregnancies are eliminated.
  • Urine spraying is significantly reduced or eliminated.

Some of the benefits for male pets:

  • The chances of developing testicular cancer is eliminated.
  • The chances of developing prostate problems are significantly reduced.
  • Urine spraying is significantly reduced or eliminated.
  • In dogs, mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated.
Pet Spay and Neuter in Hermitage
Spay and Neuter in Hermitage

When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

Though the ideal time to have pets spayed or neutered can vary from one to the next, a general timeline can be kept in mind. The breed of your pet and their lifestyle are always taken into account at Lebanon Road Animal Hospital. Larger dogs may receive more medical benefits if they wait until after they’re fully mature, which can be as old as 24 months. Small to medium dogs and cats will likely be ready for surgery around six months. Remember to prepare yourself for more daily care if you decide to wait to have your pet fixed. Intact pets are very clever at finding ways of escaping! Schedule your new puppy or kitten consultation today! We’re happy to chat about the best time to have your pet spayed or neutered and any of their health care needs.

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