Spay & Neuter Facts
Are you thinking about getting your pet spayed or neutered? The veterinary team at Highlands Animal Hospital in Sebastian, FL is here to help. Keep reading for more information about spay & neuter surgeries and how they benefit pets.
What Are Spay & Neuter Surgeries?
Spay & neuter procedures are the surgical removal of an animal's reproductive organs. Spaying is the term used for removing female reproductive organs, such as the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes. Neutering is the surgical removal of the testes from male cats or dogs.
Benefits of Spay & Neuter
The most common and widely known benefit to spaying or neutering your pet is reducing the number of unwanted cats and dogs that end up euthanized.
There are many health benefits to getting your pet spayed or neutered. When female pets get spayed, they are less at risk for developing breast tumors and uterine infections. If you get your pet spayed before her first heat, she is even less likely to develop these health issues. Testicular cancer and several prostrate issues are eliminated when you get your male pet neutered.
There are also plenty of behavioral benefits when you get your pet spayed or neutered. When your female pet is spayed, she won't go into heat. This prevents unwanted behaviors like yowling and excess urination.
Males that are neutered won't run away looking for mates. This reduces the chance that your male pet gets into a fight or is injured by a passing car. Males that are neutered are generally more well behaved. They won't be marking their territory by spraying all over the house, won't mount people and objects, and will be less aggressive.
When to Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
Puppies and kittens as young as 8 weeks old can be spayed or neutered. A pet can have these procedures done at any age, but to eliminate health and behavioral issues early, its best to get your pet neutered or spayed when they are younger.
What to Expect
The procedure does not last long, and your pet can go home with you the same day as the procedure. Expect your pets to be uncomfortable for the first few days, but they will soon be back to their old, happy selves.
Please contact us if you have any questions about spay & neuter. We are here to help your pet stay as healthy as possible.
Make an appointment at your earliest convenience to get your pet spayed or neutered. You can visit us at Highlands Animal Hospital, 433 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian, FL 32958. You can also make an appointment with us over the phone by calling 772-388-1883.