One of the most important questions to consider as a new pet owner is whether to spay/neuter your pet? In our experience and professional opinion, the answer to this question is a resounding a YES!
Loop 410 Veterinary Hospital performs dozens of spay/neuter procedures every year, and for good reasons. These routine procedures can actually lengthen your pet’s life because of the diseases they prevent.
Learn more by reading the FAQs about spaying (ovariohysterectomy) and neutering (castration)below:
- Spaying your pet eliminates heat cycles and lessens your pet’s risk for mammary tumors and uterine infections.
- Neutering your pet eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
- Neutering your pet reduces aggression and annoying marking behavior.
- Spaying or neutering your pet is essential in the reduction of unwanted and stray pets that end up being euthanized.
The metabolism of some pets tends to slow down after being spayed and neutered, which can result in weight gain, so yes, it is possible. However, this isn’t every pet, and can be avoided by feeding your pet a healthy diet, and following the feeding instructions by your veterinarian. Regular examinations will help you monitor your pet’s weight, feel free to stop by for a weigh-in if you are worried about your pet’s weight.
Your pet’s breed has a lot to do with determining when it’s appropriate to spay or neuter them. As an accredited hospital by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), we follow the association’s guidelines for spaying and neutering. According to these guidelines, we generally spay and neuter healthy pets around 6 months of age.