Making the decision to have your pet spayed or neutered can sometimes be difficult. You may not know the best time to have your female pet spayed or your male pet neutered. Perhaps you’re not familiar with why you should have pet spay and neuter surgery on a new bundle of fur. At Orillia Pet Hospital, we’re prepared to thoroughly discuss the benefits and drawbacks of spay and neuter surgery for the breed, size and type of pet you have. We’ll also talk about the best time to have your pet undergo the procedure. We’re here for the pets and people of Orillia and surrounding areas as well as the ones just visiting us for the summer.
Medical and Behavioral Benefits
If we decide your pet’s lifestyle is complimented by spay or neuter surgery, your pet will receive several medical and behavioral benefits. By having your dog or cat spayed or neutered, you will be helping combat animal homelessness. Cats and dogs can have many litters throughout a lifetime. They are also more likely to roam neighborhoods looking for a mate when they’re sexually mature. The benefits of pet spay and neuter surgery include:
- The incidence of mammary gland tumors is reduced in females, which are oftentimes malignant.
- Urine spraying and marking behavior is reduced or eliminated in males and females.
- The incidence of ovarian and uterine cancer is reduced in females.
- The chances of developing testicular cancer are eliminated in males.
- The incidence of prostate disease is reduced in males.
- Mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated in males.
When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
The best time to have your pet spayed or neutered can vary from one pet to the next. When you bring your pet in for a wellness examination, we can discuss the optimal time for your pet. The time we decide on is affected by the type of pet you have, but also their size, breed and lifestyle. For dogs, the traditional age for spay or neuter surgery is six to nine-month’s old. Cats may benefit from being spayed or neutered before they’re sexually mature, which can be as young as five-month’s old. After surgery is complete, we’ll send you home with the appropriate medication for your pet and give you detailed after-care instructions. Please contact us for any more information about pet spay and neuter surgery.