Why It Is Important to Spay or Neuter Your Pets
posted: Jun. 30, 2017.
If you are a pet parent, or you want to be, you’ve probably heard time and time again—spay or neuter your pet! While no one wants to subject their pet to an unnecessary surgery, this procedure is far from unneeded! We’ve put together a few reasons why every pet owner should have their dog or cat spayed.
Reasons to Spay Your Pet
Obviously, spaying your female cat or dog will prevent her from becoming pregnant—which with pet overpopulation numbers what they are today is very important. However, there are other benefits to spaying too. Animals that have been spayed will not have heat cycles, which can be annoying and attract males. In addition, a female will be less likely to roam and spaying reduces the chance of certain types of tumors (such as those affecting the mammary glands or ovaries.)
Reasons to Neuter Your Pet
The big reason to neuter is the same as it is to spay—preventing unwanted puppies and kittens. However, neutering is beneficial in other ways as well. Cats are less likely to spray, dogs less likely to mark their territory and both types of animals will be less likely to develop testicular cancer.
When to Spay and Neuter in Lexington
There is no time like the present to spay and neuter in Lexington or anywhere, for that matter. It is generally considered safe to have a kitten or puppy spayed at eight weeks of age, but many vet offices prefer to wait until at least 12 weeks of age. Talking with your veterinarian in Lexington KY about your situation is best. In addition, if you adopt an adult cat or dog, getting the procedure done sooner, rather than later, is always a good choice.
Contact Hartland Park Animal Hospital to Schedule Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter Surgery
As you can see, there are many benefits to spaying and neutering. If you haven’t talked to a vet in Lexington about this surgery yet, why not reach out to us at Hartland Park Animal Hospital by phone at 859-245-7387 or contact us through our website. We look forward to helping you schedule this important surgery for your beloved pet.