Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year; your pets’ offspring could be among them. Help participate in becoming a No-Kill County by spaying and neutering your pets. There are many benefits to spaying and neutering including that it can help your pet live a longer, healthier life. Read on for a list of some of the benefits of spaying/neutering your pet.
Spaying is the common name for a procedure called an “ovariohysterectomy”. This is an abdominal surgery in which the uterus and ovaries are removed from the female’s body. Neutering is the common name for a procedure called “an orchiectomy”. In this procedure both testicles are removed from the male’s body making him sterile. In the chance he is a cryptorchid (an undescended testicle) a second incision will possibly be made in the abdomen or in the inguinal regions to remove the undescended testicle.
It is a surgical procedure so some pain and inflammation is common. The surgery itself is done with the pet under general anesthesia. Pain medicines are given prior to and after surgery that can give the pet pain relief for up to 36hrs after surgery.
Your pet’s metabolism may slow down a bit after surgery, but the surgery itself will not cause your pet to become overweight. The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise. Spaying and neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality it can change some bad behaviors like roaming, marking, spraying, aggression, and dominating.
Some people believe that this would be healthier for their pets but medical evidence actually shows the opposite. Studies indicate that the greater the number of litters and heat cycles that a female dog goes through before she is spayed substantially increases her risk of severe health problems like mammary cancer and pyometra. Having a female dog spayed prior to her first heat cycle can substantially increase her lifespan.
Different vets recommend different ages for spay and neuter. Most vet clinics and low cost spay and neuter clinics in San Antonio will fix your pet as early as two months as long as it weighs two pounds.
A female can be “in heat” or estrus during the surgical procedure. This is done routinely, especially in cats, and while the procedure can be more tedious for the veterinarian there is often no additional risk to the patient. Extra blood loss or possible vaginal/uterine infection can be a complication.