Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Following are just some of the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet at an early age:
- Spayed cats and dogs tend to live longer and healthier lives, because spaying helps to prevent uterine infections and breast tumors.
- Spayed cats and dogs won’t go into heat during breeding season, which means they won’t yowl or urinate more frequently in a bid to attract a mate.
- Neutered cats and dogs tend not to have testicular cancer and prostate problems.
- Neutered cats and dogs are less likely to wander away from home in their search for a potential mate, which means they are less likely to become injured in traffic or in fights with other animals.
- Neutered cats and dogs are often better behaved than unneutered cats and dogs, as they won’t obsessively mark their territory with strong-odored urine and are less likely to be aggressive. Neutered dogs are less likely to mount other dogs, people or objects than unneutered dogs.
- The time and money spent having your pet spayed or neutered is far less than the time and money spent caring for a litter of babies.
Contrary to what may have been heard, spaying or neutering your pet does not cause them to become overweight. A proper diet and exercise regimen can help to prevent unhealthy weight gain.
Spaying or neutering is not a guaranteed solution to behavioral problems, though there is a good chance that undesirable behaviors won’t develop and become habit if the pet has been spayed or neutered at an early age. This is because spaying or neutering can help reduce the production of the hormones that often contribute largely to behavioral problems.
What to Expect
- Provide your pet with a quiet, safe place to recover, indoors and away from other pets.
- Restrict your pet’s physical activities following surgery, preventing them from running or jumping for as long as the veterinarian recommends.
- Use an Elizabethan collar if necessary to prevent your pet from licking or biting at the incision site or sutures.
- Refrain from bathing your pet for at least ten days following surgery.
- Check the incision site every day to ensure it is healing well.
- Contact the veterinarian if you notice redness, swelling or discharge at the incision site, or if your pet is lethargic, uninterested in food, vomiting or has diarrhea.