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Important Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying and neutering your pet are important parts of being a responsible pet owner. In this post, our Timmins vets discuss why it is important to spay and neuter your pet.

Spaying Your Female Pet (Ovariohysterectomy)

  • Removal of the ovaries and uterus
  • The ideal age is 5-6 months. If spayed before the first heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1% chance of developing breast cancer.
  • If spayed after one heat cycle, your pet has an 8% chance of developing breast cancer.
  • If spayed after two heat cycles, the risk increases to 26%.
  • After two years, no protective benefit exists.
  • Pets with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medication.
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Eliminates unwanted pregnancies.

Neutering Your Male Pet (Castration)

  • Removal of the testicles and spermatic cord.  The ideal age is 5-6 months.
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common tumour in male dogs.
  • Greatly reduces the risk of perianal tumours.
  • Reduces roaming and fighting.
  • Eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before 6 months of age or before the onset of these behaviours.
  • Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Eliminates unwanted litters

Unfortunate Reality

More than 4 million pets are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year simply because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months old. Help stop this needless loss of life.  Spay and neuter your pet.

Common Myths

Spaying or neutering your pet does not:

  • Cause laziness or hyperactivity
  • Reduce its instinct to protect your family and home
  • Cause immature behaviours
  • Postpone or delay normal behavioural maturity
  • Alter its personality in any manner

Our staff can answer your questions about spaying or neutering your pet or any other procedure your pet may undergo at our hospital. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Timmins vets today.

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