Spay & Neuter Surgeries
As a pet owner, you’ll make numerous decisions concerning the health and well-being of your dog or cat. One of these decisions is whether to spay or neuter your pet. Spay & neuter procedures make it impossible for your pet to reproduce, eliminating any fear of unwanted pregnancies. At Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic, we perform safe and effective spay & neuter surgeries for pet owners living in Clay or the surrounding communities. Here are some important facts you should know about spray/neuter procedures.
Health and Behavioral Benefits
Spay & neuter procedures can help extend your pet’s life by protecting him or her against serious health issues. Spaying your female pet can prevent such ailments as uterine infections and breast tumors. Neutering your male can protect him against testicular cancer. Eliminating these risks can improve your pet’s overall health and quality of life.
Spay & neuter surgeries can also help eliminate behavioral issues common to dogs and cats when they go into heat, such as spraying, aggressiveness, and roaming to find a mate. As fixing your pet eliminates his or her desire to mate, there’s less risk of your pet getting into fights or running off and getting lost.
Spay & neuter procedures are less costly than raising a litter of kittens or pups once you take into consideration the cost of food, vaccinations, and other veterinary care.
Reduction of Homeless Pet Population
Spaying or neutering your pet helps limit the animal population in your community. This, in turn, reduces the homeless pet population on the streets. In many places, animal shelters are so overcrowded that dogs and cats are euthanized if they are not adopted in time.
Spay & Neuter Time Table
Your Clay veterinarian can help you schedule a time for spaying or neutering your pet. Your female pup can be spayed between 6 to 12 months of age, preferably before her first heat. Male dogs are traditionally neutered around 6-9 months of age. Your puppy can be neutered as young as 8 weeks, if he’s in good health. Neutering an older dog puts him at risk of post-op complications, especially if he’s overweight or has underlying health issues.
Kittens can be spayed or neutered around 8 weeks of age. If you adopt a kit from an animal shelter, chances are he or she will already be fixed before being put up for adoption.
Talk to Your Clay Veterinarian about Spay & Neuter Procedures
Spay & neuter surgeries are the safest, most effective means of preventing unwanted pet pregnancies. To learn more about these surgeries, contact your Clay veterinarian at Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic today. To schedule spay or neuter surgery for your feline or canine companion, call 205-681-1700 at your earliest convenience.