Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in Grifton, NC
We cannot stress enough how important it is to spay and neuter pets. While preventing unwanted litters is typically the main reason for spaying and neutering, we also recommend it because of the health benefits it can provide for both dogs and cats. At Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital in Grifton, NC, we routinely perform spay and neuter surgeries with the highest regard for comfort, safety, and reducing stress.
Why Spaying/Neutering Your Pet is Beneficial to Their Health
While mating and reproducing is certainly natural for dogs and cats, there are often consequences that will make life more challenging for the animals involved. More reproducing means more unwanted litters, and more unwanted litters results in more strays and animals in shelters. By spaying and neutering, we can reduce the number of strays being born and therefore ease the strain on shelters.
But this isn’t the only reason we advocate strongly for spaying and neutering. Individual dogs and cats tend to be more at risk for health problems, especially cancer, if they are not spayed or neutered at the right time. Females can develop mammary gland tumors, ovarian and uterine cancer, and pyometra, a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus. Males can develop testicular tumors and an enlarged prostate.
Intact pets can also be more prone to difficult behaviors, such as urine marking, vocalizing, roaming away to find a mate, and going into heat. With spay and neuter surgery, these behaviors can be significantly lessened or even eliminated.