Spay & Neuter Surgeries in Lexington
One of the most common recommendations that pet owners get is to spay or neuter their pet, and it comes with good reasons. One of the biggest reasons is the over population of pets and the fact that more than six million end up homeless and in animal shelters every year, and nearly half wind up being euthanized. Many shelters don't even let the pets go to their new homes until they have been spayed or neutered. If you do have a pet that isn't spayed or neutered, this is something you should discuss with your veterinarian in Lexington KY.
Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
For many pet owners it is enough to recognize that not letting their dogs and cats have puppies and kittens and adding to the overall pet population is enough of a reason ask their vet in Lexington about spay or neuter surgery. If you are looking to neuter your pet or spay your pet, it is possible that you may have more questions or concerns before your pet undergoes the surgery. At Hartland Park Animal Hospital, we understand that this is a big decision for many pet owners and we will take the time to answer questions specific to your pets so that you can make an informed decision that is right for you. Besides the population issue, here are a couple more popular reasons why it is usually a good idea to spay your pet or neuter your pet.
Healthier and Better Behaved Pets
While being spayed or neutered doesn't guarantee that your pet will behave perfectly, it is more likely that they will be at least somewhat calmer when they are not exhibiting mating behaviors. This means less howling, spraying, or escapes attempts.
Both males and females tend to live healthier lives if they are spayed or neutered. Un-spayed females commonly suffer from uterine infections called pyometra, which is frequently fatal. There are also many cancers associated with the reproductive system that a pet has a higher chance of developing if she is not spayed. In most cases it is best to spay your pet sooner rather than later. If possible females should be spayed before they go into heat. The right timing for your pet may vary, but some are ready for the procedure as young as eight weeks.
Males are better off in most cases as well and have a lower risk of developing prostate or testicular cancers. They are also less likely to roam, which could put them in danger of encountering a dangerous animal or getting hit by a car in traffic. It is suspected that between natural health benefits of being spayed or neutered, and the prevention of behavioral issues is why spayed and neutered pets typically live close to 20% longer than those who don't have the surgery.
What Does it Mean to Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
If you are like many pet owners, you want to understand what happens when you spay your pet or neuter your pet. While there are a few different sterilization options, the most common method of spaying is ovariohysterectomy. In this operation, the female dog or cat will have their ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes removed in order to prevent her from going into her heat cycle and stop breeding instinct behaviors.
For male dogs and cats, neutering normally means undergoing an orchiectomy, which removes the testes and renders him unable to reproduce and lessens or eliminates behaviors associated with breeding. There are also options that still sterilize your pet, but leave their breeding instincts. While it is not the most popular choice, it is an option that your vet in Lexington will discuss with you if you wish.
Learn More about Spay & Neuter; Call Hartland Park Animal Hospital Today!
Whether you are looking at spay or neuter options for your pet in Lexington or just want to maintain their overall wellness, Hartland Park Animal Hospital can provide you with a caring and knowledgeable veterinarian in Lexington, KY. Contact us or call at 859-245-7387 to schedule an appointment with our vet.