Pet Spay and Neuter Surgeries Help Animals Everywhere
Spaying and neutering pets is highly encouraged for a reason; there are millions of stray cats and dogs around the country in need of loving homes, and many shelters cannot handle such a large number. Pet overpopulation is a very real concern, especially in urban areas. To curb this trend, pet spay and neuter surgeries have proven to be the most effective and humane solution. Our doctors at Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital are very much in favor of these procedures and the benefits they provide.
What Are the Benefits?
Along with reducing pet overpopulation, spaying and neutering can also reduce various undesirable behaviors and eliminate the potential for cancer development in the reproductive organs in both cats and dogs.
Spayed females will not go through their heat cycle (estrus), or experience spotting. They will also be far less likely to roam away from their property to find a breeding partner. Health conditions that can be prevented include mammary tumors, ovarian cancer, and pyometra, a severe uterine infection.
Like females, neutered males will be less likely to escape their homes to look for mating prospects, and may also be much less aggressive overall. A neutered male will not develop testicular tumors or an enlarged prostate.
Spayed and neutered pets require fewer calories than unaltered pets and can be susceptible to weight gain, so you do need to consider adjusting their diet to accommodate this change.
When Is It Appropriate to Spay and Neuter?
Our doctors prefer to spay and neuter pets when they are between four and six months of age. Females can enter their heat cycle at approximately seven months, and our goal is to perform the surgery before that cycle can begin. If your pet has begun their heat cycle, we will need to postpone their procedure until after the cycle has ended. Females that are in heat are liable to experience greater health risks during their surgery.