Why Should You Spay and Neuter Your Pets?
Every health recommendation we make for your pet is made with their well-being in mind. Just like you, we want only the best for them, and spaying/neutering plays a big part in keeping them healthy. However, this is not the only reason we advocate for spaying and neutering here in Springfield. Along with the potential health benefits, these surgeries also prevent animals from having unplanned pregnancies and contributing to the overpopulation of strays.
It Reduces Health Problems
Spay and neuter surgery has been proven to help reduce or even prevent certain diseases from developing in both male and female dogs and cats.
- Ovarian cancer (females)
- Mammary tumors (females)
- Pyometra, an infection of the uterus (females)
- Testicular cancer (males)
- Enlarged prostate (males)
Additionally, spaying and neutering can also reduce certain behaviors associated with mating season. These include behaviors such as caterwauling (cats), roaming, aggression, and inappropriately mounting other animals or people (male dogs).
It Can Save Lives
Animal overpopulation is still a serious concern, especially in big cities. Cats are especially liable to produce a large number of offspring, many of which may never get adopted. Animal shelters are always overcrowded due to unchecked mating and unwanted litters. By spaying and neutering your pets responsibly, you can help to decrease the stray animal population and allow more shelter pets to find the homes they deserve.
When is the Best Time to Spay/Neuter My Pet?
At Myers Animal Clinic, we consider 5-6 months of age to be the ideal time for spaying and neutering pets. This gives them time to grow and develop but also prevents the female heat cycle and the messy “spotting” that accompanies it. The goal of spaying and neutering animals at this age is to prevent the potential for disease development later in life and to affect the rest of their growth as little as possible.
If you’d like to meet with your veterinarian to further discuss the benefits and possible side effects of having your pet spayed or neutered, call (217) 525-9556.