Thousands of pets are put to death in our nation’s shelters each year for lack of homes. This is why responsible pet owners make sure that their pets are not contributing to this serious over-population problem. If you keep your pet confined, spaying or neutering your pet may seem unnecessary, but there are many other health benefits that make this procedure so important. It is our recommendation at Boggy Creek Animal Hospital that all dogs and cats not intended for breeding programs be neutered or spayed.

What Does it Mean to Spay or Neuter Your Dog or Cat?

The spaying procedure in female dogs and cats involves the removal of both ovaries and the uterus. Since the ovaries have been removed, your pet will no longer “come into heat.” Contrary to folklore, in most cases the surgery is best performed prior to your pet’s first heat cycle. Early spaying has not been shown to stunt emotional development or bone growth. Spaying prior to the first heat cycle will substantially reduce the chance of breast tumors, the most common cause of cancer in the older, unspayed female. The intact female may also be plagued with cystic ovaries, false pregnancies, hormonal disorders, and uterine infections. Five to seven months is the optimum age for spaying the female pet.

The neutering procedure in male dogs and cats involves the removal of the testicles. If the surgery is done before the pet reaches sexual maturity, certain undesirable sexual behavior traits may be avoided (humping, spraying, fighting, etc.). Many prostate gland diseases as well as perianal and testicular tumors are essentially prevented through neutering. Roaming behavior (to establish territory or find a mate) is greatly reduced. In general, the animal becomes a much better pet. Five to seven months is the optimum age for neutering the male pet.

What You Need to Know About Spay and Neuter Surgeries

Most pets undergoing a spay or neuter procedure are able to go home the same day of surgery. Activity will need to be decreased for the following two weeks, including keeping the pet as quiet as possible, however complications after a spay or neuter are extremely rare.

If your pet is scheduled for a spay or neuter, needs to be spayed or neutered, or has recently been spayed or neutered, the Boggy Creek Animal Hospital team is always here to answer your questions and address your concerns. Please contact us and we will be happy to help!