Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Pets come with many responsibilities, not the least of which is preventing unwanted litters. However, as much as you want to be a "responsible pet owner," what's best for your pet comes first.

You've heard for years that spaying and neutering dogs and cats offers health benefits and eliminates behavior problems. Now, you're hearing that this might not be entirely true and that spay and neuter surgeries before certain ages might even increase your pet's health risk. It's a lot to process!

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Spaying and Neutering Pets: An Individual Decision

You shouldn't have to worry that you're putting your pet's long-term health at risk to be a responsible pet owner. After all, your first responsibility is your pet.

Deciding when to spay or neuter should be based on the risks and benefits specific to your pet and their overall health. Discussing these issues with a veterinarian you trust will help you be a confident advocate for your pet's health and well-being—who just happens to be a responsible pet owner, too.

Ready to put a plan into action? Schedule an appointment today. We'll perform a thorough physical exam, discuss your pet's specific health considerations, and help you determine the best time for surgery.

Spay and Neuter: Price vs. Value

If the debate over when to spay or neuter isn’t enough, there’s also the worry you feel when a family member has surgery. This overload of emotion and information leads many pet owners to decide where to spay or neuter their pet based on the simplest possible measure: price.

It’s been said that price is what you pay, but value is what you get. Value starts with an individualized care plan for a spay or neuter. It also includes:

  • The number, experience, and training of staff providing care for your pet.
  • The individual attention given to your pet before, during, and after surgery.
  • The equipment and processes used to keep your pet safe during anesthesia.
  • The steps taken to prevent and manage surgical pain.
  • The support provided during your pet’s recovery after surgery.
  • The ability to safely manage special patients like seniors, brachycephalic (short-nosed/flat-faced) breeds, teacups and other tiny breeds, fearful and anxious pets, etc.

Want to know how much value different providers offer? Download a free copy of 10 Questions to Ask Before Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter, a quick guide to finding a veterinarian offering the care and value you expect for your four-legged family member.

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Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Spay or neuter surgery can strengthen your bond with your pet by reducing undesirable behaviors like mounting, urine marking, and roaming. Spaying also eliminates messy heat cycles. Spayed and neutered pets can’t get cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs that are removed.

The medical benefits of spaying and neutering include:

  • Prevents ovarian and uterine cancers
  • Prevents pyometra (uterine infection)
  • Reduces the risk of mammary gland tumors
  • Prevents testicular cancer
  • Reduces the risk of benign prostate enlargement

Finally, by spaying or neutering your pet, you help reduce the number of unwanted pets, many of which are euthanized in shelters.


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