Spay & Neuter
The biological makeup of dogs is very different from humans. The reproductive process of the female dog is dormant 46 weeks out of 52. Spaying keeps her in this dormant state all year long. The owner is spared the calling of neighborhood males, unwanted litters, temperament changes, and heavy shedding that accompany the reproductive season, as well as the need to confine her to uncarpeted areas of the house. The spayed female is spared the risk of uterine infections, and complications of pregnancy such as Eclampsia, Mastitis and Uterine Inertia, and also has a lower risk of breast cancer. Spayed females will become fat only if their owners overfeed them. They actually have lower food requirements than non-spayed females. Neutering males, if done before sex-related behavior issues become learned behavior, may spare your dog fighting and wandering. There is also a decreased incident of prostate diseases in neutered males.
Female cats are a reproductive marvel. They are seasonably polyestrous. In other words, they are able to have multiple estrous cycles two different times of the year. The female cat also only ovulates when bred, and can actually have an estrous cycle while still nursing kittens. By having her spayed, you can greatly decrease the number of unwanted kittens. It also decreases her contact with other cats, thus reducing fighting and disease transmittance. Neutering male cats may eliminate fighting and spraying urine. All of the procedures are usually performed on animals near 6 mos. but can be performed on younger or older animals.
Benefits of spaying a pet at six months of age:
- No unwanted pregnancies
- Decreased risk of breast cancer
- No risk of a life-threatening uterine disease called pyometra
- No risk for ovarian or uterine cancer
Benefits of neutering a pet at six months of age:
- Decreased incidence of prostate cancer and disease
- Decreased incidence of aggression toward people and other animals
- Decreased desire to roam and getting injured trying to breed females in heat
- Eliminates risk of testicular cancer