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Posted on 11-26-2013
Spay and neuter surgeries save lives in so many different ways. Yet, many humans still ask themselves if they should have their companion animals undergo these important pet wellness surgeries. Neutering surgery removes the testicles of a male pet. Spaying is the surgical removal of a female pet’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
These surgeries are usually done around 8 weeks of age, depending on the weight and breed of the animal. Dr. Mattu performs hundreds of these surgeries every year; and in our advanced surgical suite, complications are extremely rare and recovery time is just a few days long. Wondering if spay or neuter surgery is right for your pet? Here are a few things to consider:
1. Spay and neuter surgeries give companion animals a longer lifespan with fewer health complications. Cancers of the reproductive organs can be quite common in cats and dogs, but when these organs are removed, the chances of getting these cancers are eliminated both males and females. In addition to reduced cancer risk, risks of infections and pregnancy complications also drop. Spayed and neutered pets generally live about 40% longer than their unfixed counterparts.
2. Spay and neuter surgeries reduce the number of animals that have to be euthanized in shelters each year. This ongoing tragedy of too many potential pets and not enough families to love them ends in at least 3 million deaths annually. That goes for pure breed animals as well as mixed breeds.
3. Spay and neuter surgeries equal reduced behavioral problems, particularly in male pets. Neutered males are more docile, easier to train and far less hormonally-driven to mark territory, run out into traffic, fight other males, confront you in an attempt to escape your home or yard, etc.
Speak to our veterinarian if you have concerns about the procedure. The benefits that come with having your pet spayed or neutered make the routine surgery worth considering. What questions do you have about the procedure?
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