Choosing Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in Fayetteville
Your pet’s reproductive hormones can often do more harm than good. Fully intact pets are vulnerable not only to disease, but they’re also driven by some undesirable behaviors. Also, they could be involved in an unwanted pregnancy, which means the litter may not find suitable homes. By choosing spay and neuter surgery for dogs and cats, you play an active role in reducing pet overpopulation in Fayetteville and giving your pet a better chance at a longer, healthier life.
Benefits of Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats
Choosing to spay or neuter your dog or cat sets them up for a better life with you.
Here are some of the benefits to your pet:
- Females no longer go through messy, frustrating heat cycles.
- Males will have reduced aggressive tendencies.
- Both males and females will be less likely to roam to find a mate, which could put them in harm’s way.
- Males are less likely to engage in urine-marking and mounting behaviors.
- Females have a reduced risk of developing pyometra (uterine infection) and mammary gland tumors.
- Males have a reduced risk of developing prostate problems.
- Females have no risk of developing uterine or ovarian cancers.
- Males have no risk of developing testicular cancer.
“I don't remember the vet techs name on Tuesday but she was great!! She spent valuable time with me. This is my first puppy and I learned a lot from her that my vet of 30 years didn't tell me. I will be back because of her”
Timing of Dog and Cat Spay and Neuter is Important
While the general guideline for a spay and neuter surgery is about six months of age, that number can vary greatly between breeds and species. For larger dogs, we often recommend a later surgery at about one or even two years of age. This is because their reproductive hormones play a role in their growth cycle.
Meanwhile, female kittens and some small dog breeds are better off spayed earlier, before their first heat cycle. Doing so further reduces their risk of developing mammary gland tumors. Each pet is different, and we’ll discuss a specific timeline with you. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible after welcoming your new pet home, so we can start them on a path to lasting health.