The Facts of Spay & Neuter
Here in the United States, we have a pet overpopulation problem. An estimated 6.5 million cats and dogs enter this country's animal shelters every year, with approximately 1.5 million of them being euthanized due to overcrowding, poor health, dangerous behavior, and other issues. While there are a lot of organizations working hard to reduce these numbers, each pet owner has their own very important role to play. That role is to have their pet spayed or neutered at their local veterinarian office.
What Is the Difference Between Spay & Neuter?
Simply put, there's a sex difference. Spaying is associated with female animals and is medically defined as the removal of the female reproductive organs. In contrast, neutering is associated with male animals and is medically defined as the removal of the male reproductive organs.
The Importance of Spaying and Neutering to Reduce the Number of Homeless Pets
While we believe there is a role for responsible, dedicated breeders in this world, most pet owners are not equipped for this. Responsible breeders strategically breed for strong health, behavior, and breed appearance, and they ensure every pet they bring into this world will have a loved, prepared home waiting for them before they are even born. Prevent your East Dallas pet from adding to the stray and shelter population by having them spayed or neutered.
The Important Medical Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Spaying and neutering in East Dallas isn't just good for the community, it's also good for your pet. Studies have shown that spaying significantly helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, while neutering helps prevent testicular cancer as well as reduces the risk of other common prostate problems.
In addition to these big medical benefits, there are also some great behavioral benefits. Spayed cats and dogs won't go into heat, which means no bleeding or excess urination to clean up. Neutered cats and dogs will be less likely to roam and less likely to spray. There is also evidence that male dogs neutered young will have less aggression issues as they age.
At What Age Should I Spay or Neuter My Dog?
For both female cats and dogs, the best time to spay is before their first heat. For dogs, this generally means between six and nine months depending upon breed. For cats, this should be done before five months. Male dogs and cats can be neutered at any time, however, there is a slightly higher risk for post-operative complications for older male dogs.
While you will want to talk to your Lochwood, Lake Highland, or Lakewood vet first to ensure your dog or cat is healthy and a good candidate surgery, know that both kittens and puppies can be safely spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks.
Give White Rock Animal Hospital a Call at (214) 328-3255 to Schedule an Appointment for Your Pet.