Pet owners often must face the question of whether to spay or neuter their pets. Spaying is the process of removing the reproductive organs of a female dog or cat while neutering is the same for males. According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.1 million dogs and 3.2 million cats enter animal shelters each year across the United States. Some of these animals are abandoned by owners, some are strays with no home, some are the result of accidental breeding when free-roaming, and some are surrendered by their owners. Spaying and neutering your pets are effective ways to prevent overpopulation to relieve the burden on shelters. It is also beneficial to pets in other ways. We examine the importance of spaying and neutering pets below.
Spaying and neutering have multiple benefits including some health and behavioral benefits.
When female animals are spayed, the veterinarian will remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. This prevents the animal from going into heat and from being able to reproduce.
When males are neutered, the veterinarian surgically removes the testes which makes the pet unable to reproduce and eliminates male breeding behaviors such as marking.
Kittens should be spayed around five to six months old and dogs should be six months or older. Male cats should be spayed around five months old and male dogs should be six to nine months. However, adult pets over these ages can also be spayed or neutered if they aren’t already.
The importance of saying and neutering pets can’t be overstated. If you have a pet you would like to have spayed or neutered, contact Cimarron Animal Hospital. Our doctors perform spaying and neutering surgeries regularly and are ready to help your pet safely through the process.