Anesthesia and pain medication are used, so the surgery is painless. Pain medication is also provided for three days after surgery, so discomfort after surgery is minimal.
2) A spayed or neutered pet typically lives a healthier and longer life. Many health problems can be difficult and expensive to treat for an unneutered pet.
3) A spayed or neutered pet is less likely to have the behaviors which can lead to bites and the desire to roam is reduced.
4) Spaying and neutering is good for your community which spends hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours to manage the heavy burden of too many cats and dogs. These unwanted animals are often straying in the country, running at-large on the streets, hungry, or diseased. Many others are sadly living in shelters or rescues. They are expensive to care for – and if not adopted, they are euthanized by the thousands.
1) If you spay your female dog before her first heat, she will have a near zero chance of developing common mammary cancer, a potentially fatal form of cancer. If spaying occurs after her first heat, this incidence climbs to 7 percent, after the second heat the risk is 25 percent and continues to increase.
2) She won’t have messy heat cycles (twice/year for 6-12 days). Otherwise, she will experience a bloody discharge and attract area male dogs.
3) Without a uterus, she won’t experience Pyometra, a common life-threatening uterine infection, in middle-age to senior female dogs. Without emergency treatment, she will likely die.
4) No chance of expensive, common pregnancy complications. Veterinary emergency and full-service veterinary clinics can talk to you about this preventable, often sad situation.
1) Mammary cancer and common uterine infections will be prevented.
2) She won’t have heat cycles. Cats in heat are annoyingly vocal, agitated, aggressive, often spraying urine in the house. These occur every 2-3 weeks for 6-7 days at a time until she is spayed or bred.
1) Roaming, escaping, wandering typically decreases by 90 percent due to the reduction of excessive hormones driving him to search for in-heat females. This results in fewer dogs injured or killed by cars.
2) Fighting, territorial marking, “humping” will decrease. A neutered dog will typically retain the instinct to protect his home and family as well as an unneutered dog, but excessive aggressiveness is usually reduced.
3) He is less likely to have infections and cancers of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer and prostate disease.