Spay & Neuter
The first thing that you should do when you adopt a pet, and it reaches the optimal age, you should look into having it spayed or neutered. Spay & neuter is essential in controlling the pet population. Currently, there are millions of pet being fostered and in shelters who are waiting for good homes. This number can be lowered if more owners have their pets fixed. Also, spaying and neutering your pet can be beneficial for the animal's health and lifespan. Our veterinarians at West Boca Veterinary Center offer spay and neuter operations for your pet in Boca Raton, FL.
Benefits of Neutering Your Pet
If you have a male pet, he would be neutered. This is a surgical procedure where his testes would be removed. Once this happens, there is no risk of him developing testicular cancer which is relatively common and often fatal. It will also decrease his chances of developing prostate disease and hernias.
Also, if your dog or cat is not neutered, he will be tempted to roam if there is a female in heat nearby. This can result in him getting lost or being hit by a car. Neutering him will control this urge.
Finally, behavioral issues can be corrected with neutering. Male cats will spray strong urine in the home to mark their territory. Male dogs may urinate in the house for the same reason. Also, neutering will help any aggression issues that your male pet is having.
Benefits of Spaying Your Pet
Spaying is a surgical process where the female's reproductive organs including her ovaries and uterus are removed. Spaying your pet will prevent uterine cancer and breast cancer which are fatal in 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs. It is can also help prevent uterine infections. The best way to keep your pet healthy is to have her spayed before her first heat.
If you have your pet spayed, she won't go into heat. Female cats in heat tend to yowl and urinate in the house to attract a mate. Female dogs will whine when they are in heat. They also menstruate, which results in drops of blood around the home. These issues can be avoided if you have your pet spayed.
Common Questions Regarding Spaying and Neutering
- Will my pet get fat after the procedure? No. This is a common myth. As long as you feed your pet a well-balanced diet and make sure that it gets exercise, weight gain won't be an issue.
- Are spaying and neutering expensive? The average cost of these procedures can be between $100 and $200 depending on the vet and the facility. You may be able to find a low-cost clinic through the ASPCA.
- What is the recovery time for spaying and neutering? It takes about two weeks for your pet to completely heal from the procedure. The day after the procedure, your pet should start acting like themselves again.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are planning to have your pet spayed or neutered, you should contact our veterinarian at West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton. Having these procedures performed will help your pet live a long and healthy life. You can call us at 561-451-8838 to schedule an appointment today!