Every year the number of unwanted, neglected, abused, and abandoned pets needlessly increases. Spaying female or neutering male pets is a safe and effective way to eliminate the chances for unplanned litters while decreasing your pet’s chances of developing many life-threatening diseases, including cancer. New England Animal Hospital’s veterinarians recommend that all pets be spayed or neutered.
Same-Day Surgical Procedure
Spaying or neutering your pet involves bringing your pet into the hospital the morning of the procedure. He or she will be placed under general anesthesia for the surgery and monitored by our trained staff all the way through recovery. Pending any unforeseen complications, you will be able to take your pet home later the same day with pain medication to help keep him or her comfortable.
While this is a common and routine procedure, it is normal to have questions. Our veterinarians and staff have taken time to compile useful and reliable information to help our clients become more informed on this important topic.
What Exactly Is Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying and neutering are the most common surgical procedure performed by veterinarians. Spaying consists of removing the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus of a female animal, while neutering is removing the testicles of male pets. General anesthesia is used and pain medication is provided afterwards to help manage the pain.
What Are the Risks of Spaying and Neutering?
While any surgical procedure requiring anesthesia holds risks, these routine procedures have an overall low incidence of complications. Your veterinarian will be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of these procedures with you prior to your pet’s surgery.
When Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
There is a common misconception that you should wait until your pet has finished her first heat cycle prior to be spayed, but this is not necessary or recommended. New England Animal Hospital veterinarians recommend all pets be spayed or neuters between the age of 5 to 6 months.
How Will This Affect My Pet’s Personality or Weight?
Many times spaying and neutering a pet decreases, or completely eliminates, undesirable behaviors such as roaming, urinating inappropriately, aggressiveness, and heat cycles. Proper nutrition and regular exercise can help maintain your pet’s healthy weight.
What Are the Benefits of Spaying or Neutering My Pet?
There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pet, eliminating unwanted or unplanned litters being just the most obvious. In addition to decreasing the number of abandoned and abused pets, other benefits include:
- Eliminates messy and difficult heat cycles
- Decreases inappropriate urinating
- Decreases roaming
- Protects pets from medical conditions such as uterine infection, breast cancer, prostate disease, and testicular cancer
- Decreases the desire for aggressive play