Spay And Neuter
According to a recent report released by the American Humane Society, animal shelters across the country euthanize 2.4 million healthy dogs and cats each year due to pet overpopulation. No one steps forward to adopt these animals in the organization’s time limit and a staff member has to euthanize him or her to make room for other homeless pets. This equates to one healthy animal losing his or her life every 13 seconds in America alone. While this is a sad and frustrating statistic, it’s also preventable with spay or neuter surgery. Neutering a male pet means he can’t impregnate a female while a spay surgery in females renders them infertile.
What Happens During a Spay or Neuter Surgery
The first thing a veterinarian does when a female pet undergoes spay surgery is to provide her with anesthesia to put her into a deep sleep. The veterinarian then removes the ovaries and uterus through an opening in the dog or cat’s abdomen.
After a male pet has received anesthesia for a neuter surgery, the veterinarian makes a small cut in the front of his scrotum. The veterinarian then removes each testicle and ties off the vas deferens that produces its blood supply.
Veterinary staff carefully monitors a pet’s heart and breathing rate throughout the procedure. They also provide pet owners with home care instructions once the pet comes out of surgery.
Benefits of Spaying
An unaltered female cat may go through several heat cycles each year. Intact female dogs usually go into heat two times each year. A cat becomes fertile well before she reaches one year old, which means she could produce dozens of litters of kittens during her lifetime. Cats in heat have loud vocalizations and can act aggressively to try to gain the attention of male cats.
Spaying a dog reduces her desire to roam free. If an unneutered neighbor male dog gets near a spayed female dog, he won’t attempt to mate with her. In addition to preventing litters of puppies and kittens that may not find a home, spaying a cat or dog decreases her risk of developing uterine, ovarian, and mammary gland cancer. The risk decreases the most for dogs and cats who have the surgery before they would have gone into heat for the first time.
Benefits of Neutering
Both dogs and cats can engage in aggressive behavior and roaming when they have not yet undergone the neutering procedure. The aggressiveness can surprise their human family when the dog attempts to bite or even act in a sexual manner towards people. Unneutered pets also spray their urine to claim a territory as their own. This odor is not only extremely unpleasant, it can be difficult to eliminate as well. After neutering surgery, the risk of testicular or prostate cancer in male pets drops significantly.
Neutering or spaying a pet increases his or her lifespan by an average of three to five years. One last thing to consider is that people with altered pets make better neighbors and are less likely to encounter the dangers of roaming because their pets are much more likely to remain in the home or yard.
Frequently Asked Questions About Spay and Neuter Vet Clinics
The most common surgical procedures performed on pets are spay and neuter surgeries. The veterinary services we provide at Care Pet Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, include spay and neuter services.
Of course, many people have questions before they entrust an affordable vet with the care of their animals. These are the questions people often have about the procedures.
Many pets can be spayed or neutered, even some pets you may not realize benefit from the procedure. Cats and dogs are the most frequently spayed and neutered animals, but the procedure can also be performed on rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, and other animals.
Female animals undergo spay surgery, which makes them infertile. Your pet will be put under anesthesia, so she will be asleep and not able to feel anything. Our vet will then make a small incision in your pet’s skin, through which your pet’s uterus and ovaries will be removed.
Male pets undergo neutering. Our vet will place your pet under anesthesia to make a small incision in the scrotum. The testicles are removed, ensuring that your pet will not be able to impregnate a female.
It is a good idea to bring your pet to our vet ahead of time for the best estimate. Generally, pets are best spayed or neutered in the first six months of life.
Pet owners should consider a spay or neuter procedure for their pets because millions of animals are euthanized each year as a result of overpopulation. Shelters are often at capacity, and the procedure prevents your pets from contributing to the number of homeless pets in need.
Additionally, female pets benefit from being spayed because they do not go into heat. Female cats become more aggressive when they are in heat, and they can also make a lot of yowling noises in an attempt to attract male cats to your home. Spaying can prevent female dogs from roaming, and it may even reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Male animals also become aggressive when they are not neutered. They can also spray their territory to mark it with urine, creating an unpleasant home environment. Additionally, males are less likely to roam in search of females.
Affordable Veterinary Treatment in FL Can Help
Care Pet Animal Hospital serves the Jacksonville area, seeing cats, dogs, chickens, pigs, rabbits, hamsters, goats, and a variety of farm animals in need of care. A veterinarian in our office can provide high-quality spay and neuter surgeries that protect your pet. Book an appointment today to ensure your pet is in good hands.
You can also call us at (904) 992-1888 with any questions you have about spaying or neutering your pets with Care Pet Animal Hospital.
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