Arrow Dog & Cat Hospital in Montclair, CA, would like to encourage you to spay and neuter your pets. It’s a simple, safe, and painless surgical procedure, the most common type that veterinarians perform, and it’s one of the best things you can do for the health of your dog or cat.
Why Spay And Neuter Your Pets?
Every year in the U.S., millions of healthy but unwanted dogs and cats are put to sleep in animal shelters because there simply isn’t enough room to keep them all, and not enough homes to adopt them. The pet overpopulation problem is a serious one that results in the needless waste of animal lives. Having your pet spayed or neutered helps to alleviate this problem.
The spay and neuter procedure also provides several health benefits for your pet, as well as some benefits for you and your family.
The Health Benefits
Ideally, spay and neuter should be done when pets are young, about eight weeks of age for cats and six months for dogs, though your vet will determine the best time for your pet. Spaying is the removal of the female’s reproductive organs, and neutering is the removal of the male’s testicles. Some of the health benefits of spay and neuter are:
Female pets will no longer menstruate or go into heat. They’ll be at less risk of breast and reproductive organ cancers, and the howling and crying common to the heat cycle is eliminated.
Male pets will no longer be at risk of testicular cancer and the potential for prostate problems will be greatly reduced. They’ll be less aggressive and less interested in roaming the neighborhood, and less likely to mark their territory on your furniture and carpets.
The Spay And Neuter Procedure
Your dog or cat shouldn’t have anything to eat after about 10 PM on the night before their spay or neuter procedure, although water is Ok. When they arrive for their appointment, they’ll be given general anesthesia to put them to sleep, a catheter will be inserted, and the surgery will be completed. They’ll spend a couple of hours in a recovery ward for observation, and then they can go home. They’ll need to rest indoors and avoid strenuous activity for a couple of weeks, and you may have to fit them with a special collar to keep them from scratching and licking at their sutures.
When you need spay and neuter services in Montclair, CA, contact the Arrow Dog & Cat Hospital to schedule an appointment.
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