A pet's surgery is often scary. Choosing to spay or neuter your pet may seem difficult even though they are common procedures. However, when pet owners consider all of the positives, the decision is easy. Spaying and neutering have many long-term benefits for both your pet and the pet community. Dr. Esposito and our team at All Creatures Animal Hospital hope to alleviate some of the concerns regarding spaying and neutering animals. If you live in or around Granbury, TX, contact our team today to schedule an appointment.
Healthier Quality of Life
Fixed pets live fuller, longer lives. There is plenty of research that supports this conclusion. An American Veterinary Medical Association report determined that female dogs live 23% longer when spayed. For spayed cats, this jumps to nearly a 40% longer life expectancy. On average, the Humane Society has seen the lifespan of dogs increase by one to three years when sterilized. Cats benefit even more, increasing their life expectancy by five years on average.
Reduced Risk of Disease
Life expectancy greatly increases in sterilized pets because they have a decreased risk for certain cancers. Most of these risks are eliminated when the pet is spayed or neutered. Spaying kittens removes the chance of mammary cancer and other reproductive diseases. Neutered dogs cannot get testicular cancer and are unlikely to develop pancreatic cancer. Both have lower threats of contracting pyometra, which is a uterine infection that can be potentially fatal.
Males are less aggressive when neutered. They are also less likely to spray urine to mark their territory or mount. Overall, fixed pets are calmer, more affectionate, and get along better with other animals.
Without the hormonal desire to find a mate, neutered males are less prone to roaming, wandering, or running away. This also means fewer fights and a reduced risk of getting injured by traffic.
Going into Heat
Females bleed, urinate, and cry more frequently when in heat. When left unaltered, this occurs about every three weeks during the breeding season. This issue can be resolved by spaying your pet.
Sterilization is good for the pet community. Millions of cats and dogs end up in shelters every year as the result of unplanned or undesired litters. Spaying or neutering your pet helps fight this growing problem.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Granbury, TX
Spaying or neutering your pet early in life often results in the quickest recovery. If you are looking to provide a longer, healthier life for your furry friend, contact Dr. Esposito at All Creatures Animal Hospital. Call our team today at (817) 326-6262 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.