Spay and Neuter Surgeries Mean Longer, Happier Lives

Your pet benefits quite a bit from a timely spay and neuter surgery. Not only does it keep them from producing unwanted litters, it helps curb undesirable behaviors and gives them a few health boosts, too. At The Village Vets, we’ll talk to you more about the benefits and establish an appropriate timeline for your pet’s surgery, so they reap the most benefits.

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How Your Pet Benefits from Spay and Neuter Surgeries

Cats and dogs, males and females, all of them benefit substantially from a spay and neuter surgery. Let’s break it down:

Females

  • No urine-spraying behavior
  • No messy, frustrating heat cycles
  • Less chance of developing mammary gland tumors
  • No chance of pyometra, a dangerous uterine infection
  • No risk of ovarian or uterine cancers
  • No desire to roam to find a mate
    (which could result in car accidents or encounters with wild animals)

Males

  • Less aggressive behavior
  • No urine-spraying behavior
  • Less likely to exhibit mounting behavior
  • Lessened chance of prostate problems
  • No chance of testicular cancer
  • No desire to roam to find a mate
    (which could result in car accidents or encounters with wild animals)

When to Have the Surgery

A timely spay and neuter surgery is important. When your pet receives it at the right time, they receive the most benefits. For example, female pets have a greatly reduced chance of mammary gland tumors if spayed before their first heat cycle. Therefore, many females, particularly kittens, receive the surgery at about 4 months of age. Meanwhile, larger breed dogs benefit from having their reproductive hormones active for longer so that they grow at a more controlled rate. To keep their hormones active, they receive a later surgery between 12-18 months of age. At The Village Vets of Decatur, we treat each pet as an individual, and we’ll discuss your pet's unique needs with you. Schedule an appointment today!

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