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Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

The Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Sadly, many puppies, kittens, and other animals are brought into the world with no place to call home. As a result, many pet shelters struggle with overcapacity and placing pets in loving homes. This makes spaying and neutering vital for cats, dogs, and other pets. Contact our veterinarian at Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax if you are considering these procedures for your pet.

Why You Should Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

Controlling pet populations and easing the pressure on animal shelters are important reasons to get your pet fixed. However, population control is far from the only concern. If you do not get your pet fixed, you may have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Birthing is difficult on the body and cats and dogs who deliver a litter may suffer a shorter and less healthy life. If you want your pet to enjoy a long, healthy life, speak to our veterinarian about either of these procedures.

Furthermore, both male and female pets are at greater risk of certain cancers and other diseases if they are not fixed. For example, testicular cancer is only possible in unneutered males, and ovarian cancer is seen in unspayed females.

Animals that have not been fixed may also be more likely to mark their territory and urinate around your home. Beyond that, some animals will be tempted to run away to find a mate. Pets may also suffer from more unpredictable temperaments and display behavioral issues.

Spaying and neutering surgeries are low risk for pets and your companion will be back to living life at its fullest in a short time. That said, it is important to talk with a veterinarian about prepping your pet for surgery and how to care for your pet afterward to ensure a fast recovery.

Spay and Neutering Services in Fairfax, VA

If you live in or around Fairfax and are considering spaying or neutering your pet, call our team at Little River Veterinary Clinic today at (703) 273-5110 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Downs.

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