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
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.
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