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Your Guide to Spaying and Neutering Your Pets

Pursuing routine veterinary care is an essential component of pet ownership. From vaccinations to check-ups, there are many preventative treatments required to keep your pet safe, happy, and healthy. Contrary to popular belief, spaying and neutering your pet is a crucial component in your pet’s healthcare plan. Not only does it prevent unwanted pet pregnancies, but it also contributes to your pet’s health and behavior. 

Understanding Spaying and Neutering 

Spaying and neutering are often used interchangeably. However, they are not referring to the same thing. Spaying is a procedure used for female pets, and neutering refers to a similar procedure used for male pets. During a spay procedure, a female pet’s ovaries and uterus are removed. During a neutering procedure, a male pet’s testicles are removed. Both spaying and neutering render a pet unable to reproduce.  

The Benefits of Spaying Your Pet 

Your female pet’s sex hormones play a pivotal role in their behavior. When a pet is not spayed, certain behaviors can become more prominent, and they are not always pleasant. By spaying your cat or dog, you can eliminate their heat cycle and the risk of them urinating all over your home while they are in heat and constantly yowling to attract a mate. Furthermore, it contributes to preserving their health. By spaying your pet, you can decrease the risk of them developing uterine infections, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other potentially life-threatening health concerns. 

The Benefits of Neutering Your Pet 

Male pets that are not neutered may become more challenging to care for. Male dogs that are not neutered often roam away from home in search of a mate. This can lead them into danger, such as encounters with other animals, vehicle accidents, and more. Furthermore, male pets who are not neutered can become more territorial and aggressive. As such, neutering your cat or dog can reduce the risk of having them mark their territory with urine and make them more docile and pleasant around people and other animals, helping to curb their aggression. Furthermore, neutering is beneficial to the health of male animals, as it prevents testicular cancer and prostate health concerns. 

For more information on how neutering or spaying your pet can be beneficial to their health and wellness, contact your trusted veterinarian today.