Spay and neuter surgery is a simple and common procedure that pet owners should consider if they are not planning on having or caring for litters. If you are wondering about the benefits of spay and neuter surgery, take a look at the information below provided by Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in West Des Moines, IA.
One of the reasons to get your dogs or cats spayed or neutered is to stop them from reproducing. In the United States, there are millions of stray cats and dogs with no homes and plenty more in shelters and rescue operations that can be adopted. Spaying or neutering your pets give these animals a chance to find their permanent homes.
Spay and neuter surgery may also help your cat or dog become more content. Many animals become more affectionate towards people after they have been spayed or neutered because they are calmer.
The heat cycle of a dog or cat can be taxing. By spaying or neutering your animals, the heat cycle stops. It is always better to have your cats or dogs spayed or neutered at a young age. Kittens should be "fixed" by 5 months of age since some cats may start going into heat as young as 6 months of age. Most dogs can be spayed or neutered around 6 months of age. However, if your puppy is expected to be over 50 pounds by the time they are an adult, have a conversation with your veterinarian about the potential benefits to waiting a bit longer to spay or neuter your dog. Spaying female animals prior to their first heat cycle drastically reduces the chance of developing mammary cancer when they are old.
Talk to Our Veterinarian about Spaying or Neutering Your Pets
Once you decide upon spaying or neutering your pets, you will need to make an appointment with a trusted and experienced veterinarian. The staff at the Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in West Des Moines have the experience necessary to spay and neuter dogs and cats. Plus, all of our surgeries are performed using a surgical laser! Please call us for an appointment today. Our number is 515-225-1807.