Spaying or neutering your pet is a responsible part of animal care. Keep in mind that millions of pets suffer as strays or are euthanized yearly in community shelters due to unwanted, unplanned litters that can be prevented by spaying or neutering. Spay or neuter your pet to help reduce the number of unwanted pets in the community.
At Granada Veterinary Clinic in Mission Hills, we are experienced and well-trained in sterilizing your pet. These procedures help control overpopulation and prevent behavioral and medical issues from developing, allowing your furry friend to lead a happier, longer, and healthier life. Read on for an in-depth understanding of why you should spay or neuter your pet.
Spaying or neutering is a procedure that helps minimize aggressive behaviors in your pet. For instance, a neutered dog is calmer and less likely to bite, attack, or get into fights. In addition, spaying ends your pet’s heat cycle, especially in females. Heat cycles in pets can cause many unwanted behavioral traits like aggression. When cats are in heat, they may escape to mate or howl tirelessly, which may put them at risk of getting injured.
Spaying or neutering your pet does require an initial cost, but you will save money in the long run by preventing health complications.
It Doesn't Make Your Pet Fat
Avoid using that old excuse! Overfeeding and a lack of exercise can cause your pet to add extra weight—not spaying. Your pet will remain trim and fit if you monitor food intake and provide regular exercise.
Reduces Risks of Reproductive Health Complications
Research shows that spayed and neutered pets live longer. Sterilizing your pet eliminates any risk of reproductive cancers like uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancer.
The Right Time to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
When to sterilize your pet depends on its breed and overall health condition. For instance, small breeds of dogs should be spayed during the first heat cycle. In contrast, larger breeds can be spayed when growth stops, normally between ten and fifteen months. Cats can be sterilized when they’re as young as five months. Our veterinarian can guide you on when your pet should be neutered or spayed. We also perform a physical exam before the procedure/surgery to ensure your pet is fit and healthy.
We’re Here to Help
The idea of puppies or kittens might seem exciting, but hopefully, you're convinced why you should spay/neuter your pet. At Granada Veterinary Clinic in Mission Hills, we routinely perform spaying or neutering procedures. Our animal clinic is committed to providing high-quality pet care. Whether it’s an older or young pet, we’re here to help! Contact us today at (818) 361-0125 to schedule an appointment