Spay and Neuter in Edgewater

It might seem cruel to take away your pet’s natural ability to mate and procreate. However, pet spay and neuter surgeries actually do them, and the local Edgewater pet community, a world of good. Firstly, it helps cut down on the problem of animal overpopulation. Too many unwanted dogs and cats overflow shelters and are subsequently put down. More sterilized pets means we can better control the population and ensure only responsible breeding is done. Secondly, pets who undergo sterilization have a greater chance at a long and fulfilling life as they avoid the risk of many medical maladies. Finally, their behavior changes give you peace of mind and help keep them out of harm’s way.

Medical and Behavioral Benefits

Spaying or neutering your pet increases quality of life. Medical benefits give them lasting health, while behavioral changes cause them (and you!) less anxiety so they can focus more on their relationship with you. Keep in mind that while behavioral changes do take place in many animals, it is not always guaranteed as it depends on your pet's individual personality and characteristics.

The following benefits apply to spay and neuter procedures:

Females:

  • Less inclination to roam for a mate
  • No heat cycles, which cause frustration and bleeding in dogs
  • Possible reduction of urine marking or spraying
  • Prevention of uterine infection and cancers
  • Minimizes risk of mammary tumors

Males:

  • Less inclination to roam for a mate
  • Subdued aggression
  • Possible reduction of urine marking and mounting
  • Prevention of prostate problems and testicular cancer
  • Minimizes risk of perianal tumors
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When to Perform the Surgery

The typical timeline in the veterinary community is 6 months of age. However, each pet is different, and sometimes a different plan will benefit them more. For instance, it has been shown that larger breeds of dogs benefit from a later surgery at 12 months. Meanwhile, most female pets benefit if it is performed before their first heat cycle, which can sometimes fall before 6 months. To receive an exact timeline for your pet, it’s best to come in and see us. Call us at (773) 756-5120 to discuss your pet’s options for spay and neuter surgery!