Why Pets Should Be Spayed and Neutered
Millions of cats and dogs fill the country’s animal shelters every year due to pet overpopulation. Many pets that have not been spayed or neutered can develop life-threatening infections and cancers that are costly to treat. When owners forego pet spay and neuter surgeries, they leave their pets vulnerable to disease and (in the case of females), at risk of becoming pregnant. Fortunately, these problems can be averted by spaying and neutering your pets at an early age.
Our veterinarians at Countryside place considerable value in preventative care, which plays a very large role in helping pets live longer, healthier lives. Spaying and neutering is key to increasing your pet’s longevity and protecting them from debilitating conditions.
What Exactly Do Pet Spay and Neuter Surgeries Prevent?
The following behaviors and conditions can be reduced or prevented entirely with spaying and neutering:
- Unwanted pregnancies
- The tendency to roam while in heat
- Going into heat and spotting
- An infected uterus (pyometra)
- Mammary and ovarian tumors
- Roaming off of property to find a breeding partner
- Mounting objects or other animals
- Marking or spraying in or around the house
- An enlarged prostate
- Testicular cancer
When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
The ideal window of time during which your pet should undergo their spay or neuter surgery is 5 to 7 months. Many females go into heat around the 7-month mark, so their surgery should be performed as early as possible during that time. Before any surgery, patients must be fully examined, vaccinated, and tested negative for parasites. If your pet has an underlying illness, their surgery will need to be postponed so we can treat the illness and ensure a complete recovery before moving forward.
Caring for Your Pet After Their Surgery
It is imperative that you keep your pet from licking, chewing, or rubbing at the incision site. Some pets need to wear cones or E-collars to deter this activity. If you have other pets at home, keep them separated as much as possible, as they may also try to lick the incision out of instinct. Monitor your pet during their recovery and keep a close eye on the incision site to make sure it stays clean and dry. Also try to keep your pet’s activity to a minimum for about 2 weeks, and prevent them from running, jumping and playing too wildly. If you ever need our assistance while your pet is recovering at home, please call us at (708) 469-6050.