Spaying & Neutering Benefits

In addition to the prevention of unwanted litters, there are a number of reasons owners choose to spay and neuter their pets, with benefits to health, longevity, and behavior being among the most predominant.  Here is a list of some such benefits it grants to cats and dogs alike:

  • First and foremost, your female pet will live a longer and healthier life.
  • Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, a condition which can occur in approximately 50 percent of un-spayed dogs and 90 percent of un-spayed cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  • A female won’t go into heat: Female felines typically go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season, with some variance in cycles between individuals. In attempt to attract mates, females in heat yowl loudly and urinate frequently in as many locations as possible, neither of which are good mixes with life in a human house.
  • The benefits are not just for female pets, neutering also provides major health and behavioral benefits for your male.
  • Neutered males won’t get testicular cancer, and are at a greatly reduced risk for perianal tumors. Additionally, neutering prevents enlargement of the prostate gland.
  • Your neutered male dog won’t try to roam around away from home: Intact males are likely to escape home, in attempt to find a mate. An intact male who finds his way out – and he will go to great lengths to do so – faces dangers such as injury in traffic and fights with other males. Neutering can prevent these risks, and one study showed that neutered dogs undergo a 90% decrease in the tendency to roam.
  • Your neutered male will be much better behaved: Unneutered dogs and cats are more territorial and aggressive. They are liable to spray pungent urine in the house to mark their territory.
  • Early neutering prevents many aggression problems before they even begin. Studies show that up to 60% of neutered male dogs show a decline in unprovoked aggression toward other dogs. The focus of neutered cats and dogs is on giving attention to their human families.
  • Aside from the differences in roaming and aggression, neutered pets do not undergo any basic personality changes. Your pet will still be just as playful, active, watchful, and affectionate as ever.
  • If you have more than one pet in your household, neutered animals get along better with each other.
  • Contrary to popular belief, spaying or neutering does not make your pet fat: It’s lack of exercise and overfeeding, not spaying and neutering, that causes weight gain in. If you continue to provide proper diet and exercise, your pet will remain fit and trim.
  • It is highly cost-effective: Your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is far lower in cost than having and caring for a litter, and that’s before the cost of treatment for all these health issues is even considered.

Even with all these benefits, many clients of ours understandably still have concerns. Here are some questions we have come across with regards to spaying and neutering:

Q: Is it wrong to deprive an animal of their ability to reproduce?

A: Quite the opposite. It’s wrong to let these animals to give birth to unwanted offspring only so they will be euthanized because there aren’t enough responsible homes willing to take them in.

Q:  Should my female pet have at least one litter before being spayed?

A: No, a female pet who even goes into heat – let alone has a litter – before being spayed has significantly worse health prospects than one who was neutered as early as possible.

Q: What if I find homes for my pet’s litters? Does this mean I won’t contribute to animal homelessness?

A: No. The number of homes who want pets is limited, and thus whenever you find a home for your pet’s offspring, you take that home away an animal already at a shelter.

Pre-Anesthetic blood work must be done to check the status of the kidney and liver, since the kidneys and liver filter the bloodstream, and therefore any issue with either of these major organs could potentially be dangerous when anesthesia enters your pet’s blood.   Sometimes even young pets have congenital kidney or liver issues, even if they do not show symptoms.  Despite not showing symptoms, these issues could still pose a problem when under anesthesia.

Once your pet is under anesthesia, one of our veterinary technicians will perform surgical monitoring, and keep the surgeon informed about patient’s status, including factors such as blood pressure, temperature, respiration, and heart rate.  An IV catheter will be present for quick access should it be needed during surgery.

Spaying/Neutering your pet is a crucial part of his or her Preventative Health Care, but it is also a major investment on your part. That’s why we at World of Animals Veterinary Hospital want to ensure our clients know exactly what services they are receiving, and for what price.  Many hospitals will quote the surgery price over the phone to coax a client into an appointment, only to inform their client that that price did not include necessary pre-anesthetic blood work, pain medications or anesthesia until after he or she has already come to their hospital.  Don’t fall this trick. With such a major surgery in question, you need to get the best medical care for your hard-earned money.