Why You Should Consider Spay and Neuter Surgery
Unless your pet is going to be bred, you should consider getting them spayed or neutered when they are young. Spay and neuter surgeries remove the reproductive organs of females and males to prevent unwanted pregnancies. They also provide many benefits to pets while having a positive impact on the greater pet community. By preventing unwanted litters that will end up in shelters, you give current shelter pets a better chance at being adopted. At Greenville Animal Hospital, we work with you to develop the appropriate timeline for your pet’s spay and neuter surgery.
How Your Pet Benefits
Male or female, no matter what breed, your pet will benefit from a perfectly timed spay or neuter surgery. The benefits include:
- Reduction in undesirable behaviors such as mounting and urine-marking (males), heat cycles (females), and roaming to find a mate (both)
- Reduced risk of developing certain medical problems including prostate enlargement (males) and mammary gland tumors (females)
- Elimination of certain disease developments including testicular cancer (males), uterine and ovarian cancers and pyometra (females)
Appropriate Timing for Every Pet
Depending on your pet’s breed and species, the best timing for a spay and neuter surgery varies. The general timeline is 6 months of age, but we adjust this based on your pet’s needs. Larger breed dogs, for instance, may benefit from a later surgery because their reproductive hormones help to regulate the development of their musculoskeletal system.
Please contact us at (616) 754-9633 for more information about spays and neuters. You can also schedule an appointment online for your puppy or kitten’s health check, during which we can discuss their surgery options.