With so many unwanted pets brought into this world every year, there isn't sufficient room in shelters or forever homes. Not only is spaying or neutering the safest and most humane way to curb the animal population, but it also provides many benefits to your furry companion.
Spaying is surgically removing a female animal's reproductive organs to prevent unwanted pregnancies, while neutering is surgically removing a male animal's testicles to prevent the impregnation of a female.
These routine procedures are performed under general anesthesia to keep your pet comfortable. There may be some discomfort after the surgery, but we will provide you with prescription medication to help.
Medical Benefits of Spay and Neuter
Spaying helps female pets live a longer, healthier life. It helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying before the first heat offers the best protection for your precious pet. Neutering a male also provides medical benefits. It has been shown to prevent some prostate problems and testicular cancer.
Behavioral Benefits of Spay and Neuter
Spayed female pets don't go into heat, meaning they won't be yowling and urinating more frequently. Neutered males will be likely to roam away from their home. Intact males will do just about anything to get out of the house in search of a mate, which poses the risk of injury and fights with other males. Neutered males are less likely to mark their territory by spraying, and are less likely to mount other dogs, people, or inanimate objects. Moreover, many problems with aggression are avoided by neutering.
Benefits for Your Community
Spaying and neutering can help reduce the number of strays roaming around and potentially causing harm to the community members. Strays can damage property, injure people, and may harm wildlife. Millions of dollars are spent every year to provide care for unwanted animals.
Request Your Pet’s Appointment Today
Muir Oaks Veterinary Hospital makes it simple and convenient to book appointments for your furry friend! Please follow the link and let us know what works best for you. Our staff will contact you to confirm your appointment. You are also welcome to call us at (925) 372-9200.