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Why Spay & Neuter Surgeries Are Important

Why Spay & Neuter Surgeries Are Important

Spay and neuter surgeries are one of the most important things you can do for your new puppy or kitten. The benefits of these surgeries far outweigh any detriments, and it also helps to reduce the chance of unwanted litters. Pet overpopulation is a serious concern in Schertz and the greater Texas community. It results in overcrowded shelters and often untimely euthanasia for otherwise healthy pets. With spay and neuter surgery, you help to cut back on pet overpopulation as well as help your pet to live a longer, healthier life.

Have a new furry bundle of energy in your home? Schedule a visit soon to discuss their spay/neuter options!

Spay and Neuter Surgery in Schertz: Veterinarian Carrying Kitten
Spay and Neuter Surgery in Schertz: Puppies in Basket

How Your Pet Benefits from Spay-Neuter Surgery

With a timely spay or neuter surgery, your pet benefits from several health and behavioral modifications including:

  • Females have a reduced risk of uterine infections, reproductive cancers, and breast tumors. Spaying before her first heat offers the greatest health benefits.
  • Males have a reduced risk of testicular cancer as well as some prostate problems.
  • Females and males both have a reduced desire to roam to find a mate, which often causes them to escape and be put in harm’s way including car collisions and encounters with wild animals.
  • Females won’t go into heat, which is a messy and frustrating experience for her and for you!
  • Neutered males are often better behaved—they are often less aggressive and won’t practice some undesirable behaviors including urine marking and mounting.

The Timing for Surgery

Generally, we recommend a spay/neuter surgery around 5-6 months of age. Yet, the timing could fluctuate depending on your pet’s weight (they must be at least 4 lbs.), health, and breed. Female kittens, for instance, could have their first heat cycle as early as 4-5 months of age, so it’s best to spay them as soon as possible so they can have the best chance of avoiding breast tumors later in life. Furthermore, some larger breed dogs need their reproductive hormones to control their growth cycle, which means we may recommend pushing surgery until they are a bit older. Please schedule an appointment with your new pet as soon as possible so we can discuss the very best options for them!

Spay and Neuter Surgery in Schertz: Kitten Lifting Paw
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