If you have concerns about your pet mothering or fathering a litter of kittens/puppies, spay and neutering removes this possibility. Pregnancy can be difficult on a female pet’s body and impact their overall health. In addition to lessening their likelihood of contracting life threatening reproductive disease, pets who have these procedures tend to live longer than those who don’t.
Why do spayed and neutered pets live longer?
Pets who are spayed or neutered are less likely to roam while in heat or develop certain types of cancers. Roaming gives your pet more exposure to other animals who can be infected with transmittable diseases and also increases their chance of being injured by cars or other accidents. Removing your pet’s reproductive organs eliminates their risk of developing uterine, mammary gland and testicular cancer.
What happens during the procedure?
Since spay and neutering requires surgery, your pet will need to undergo general anesthesia during the procedure. For male pets, an incision is made near the scrotum and both testicles are removed. For female pets, an incision is made near the abdomen where the ovaries and uterus are removed. Depending on your pet’s age, breed and overall health, we can make recommendations on when it’s best for your pet to have the procedure. If you’re interested in booking an appointment to discuss the procedure, please contact us at 705-476-3913.
What are the risks of getting a pet spayed/neutered?
With any surgery, there are some risks but we do everything we can to mitigate them. There are fewer risks with spaying and neutering healthy, younger pets, since the possibility of complications is less. If your pet’s incision becomes infected, there could be complications during their recovery. It is important to closely follow post-operative instructions, to ensure your pet makes a full and healthy recovery.