The Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet in Montclair, CA
Throughout the United States, our animal shelters are often at peak capacity. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that 7.6 million companion animals enter our shelters each year. Of those entering the shelters, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized each year.
Why Talk to Our Veterinarian About Spay and Neuter Services?
Aside from the staggering statistics, why should you discuss spaying or neutering your pet with one of our veterinarians? After all, as a responsible pet owner, your animal is highly unlikely to end up in a shelter so you aren’t contributing to the problem. Or are you? A female cat will produce one to two litters of four to six kittens each over many years. Likewise, a female dog will have one litter per year with four to six puppies in each. Over the lifetime of your pet, that adds up to a lot of animals who are no longer under your expert care.
Spaying or neutering your pet offers significant health benefits as well:
- Spaying your female pet before her first heat helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors which can prematurely take her life
- Neutering your male pet can prevent him from roaming far from home in search of a mate. If he doesn’t feel like he is competition for a mate, he may be less aggressive and easier to live with
- Neutering may prevent testicular cancers and prostate problems as well as injury from fighting with other males over potential mates
- Spaying your female pet will prevent her from going into heat. During mating season, your female pet will cycle in and out of heat every three weeks for four to five days at a time. During that period, she will actively advertise her availability by yowling loudly and urinating around your home. You will find male suitors at your doorstep 24/7
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