Spay and Neuter Helps Pets Live Longer,
Pet spay and neuter surgeries play a significant role in the ongoing and future health of cats and dogs. They not only prevent pregnancies that can increase pet overpopulation, but can also prevent male and female pets from developing certain types of cancer. Before even considering surgery, we will need to see your puppy or kitten for their wellness exam and vaccinations. Once they are old enough and have received a clean bill of health, we’ll help you set a date for their spay or neuter surgery. Our goal here in Moline is to do all that we can to prepare your pet for the healthiest, happiest life possible.
How Pet Spay and Neuter Surgeries Keep Animals Healthy
Spaying and neutering can reduce or prevent several health and behavioral problems from occurring in pets. These include:
- Going into heat, spotting
- A tendency to roam
- Uterine infections, such as pyometra, which can be fatal
- Uterine, mammary, and ovarian cancer
- A tendency to roam
- Marking/spraying around the house
- Mounting objects or other animals
- Enlarged prostate
- Testicular cancer
When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
Ideally, your pet should be spayed/neutered at 6-7 months of age. Females can enter their heat cycle by 7 months, and spaying them during their heat cycle can be difficult. Having them spayed before their heat cycle begins will prevent it entirely.
We understand that each pet is different and may fall outside of this age range due to certain circumstances. Furthermore, your veterinarian will work with you to determine the most appropriate date for their surgery.
Does Spaying and Neutering Make Pets Overweight?
The short answer is no. As long as you continue to feed your pet a balanced diet, keep treats and table scraps to a minimum and maintain their activity levels, they should have no trouble staying at a healthy weight.
For dietary and exercise suggestions or to discuss spaying or neutering for your pet, stop in and see us! We’ll give you all the information you need to make the best decisions for your pet’s wellbeing.