Spay and neuter surgery is an important procedure most pets will and should undergo. In addition to numerous medical advantages, the surgery also results in behavioral benefits. In turn, the quality of life for pets and owners is increased. Moreover, societal benefits are offered when the number of pets overpopulating shelters are reduced. At Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, VA, we time spay and neuter surgery according to our patient’s individual needs. Schedule an examination for a newly adopted intact cat or dog today.
After spay and neuter surgery, several gender-specific cancers are dramatically less likely or chances of developing are eliminated altogether. In fact, both behavioral and medical benefits are maximized if surgery is undergone before females undergo their first heat cycle or males are fully mature. As far as medical benefits, when males are neutered, they are less likely to have prostate problems and the chances for testicular cancer are greatly reduced. When female pets are spayed, they are less likely to develop breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers. The chances they are stricken with pyometra later in life are also eliminated. Pyometra is a life-threatening infection of the uterus that unspayed females are at risk for.
Apart from the medical advantages, pets are more likely to be well-behaved after spay and neuter surgery! When your cat or dog is not stressed about finding a mate, they are calmer and less prone to destructive behavior. Many pets will often roam far and wide looking for a mate. As a result, they are more likely to become lost or injured.
The behavioral benefits for pets include:
- Males are less likely to engage in mounting behavior.
- Both male and females are less likely to roam away from home.
- Urine spraying and marking behavior is reduced or eliminated.
Results in Enhanced Quality of Life
Spay and neuter surgery will improve the overall quality of life for your family pet. Reduced behavioral problems also results in decreased chances pets are given back to adoption centers or find their way to shelters. In turn, you and your pet can enjoy a long, healthy life together. Talk to us for more information about spay and neuter surgery. We’re here for you and your pet.