Spay & neuter procedures are designed to prevent unwanted pet pregnancies. They are a safe and effective means of birth control for your kit or pup. If you have doubts about these procedures, these FAQs from Kindness Family Pet Clinic can help you make wise decisions concerning spay & neuter surgeries.
Why is spaying or neutering a pet important?
Spay & neuter surgeries prevent unwanted pregnancies in pets which will reduce the pet population in animal shelters and on the street. If you’re unable to care for your pet’s litters, you’d do well to spay or neuter your kit or pup. Spay & neuter procedures help save lives, as pets who aren’t adopted from shelters are often euthanized after some time. These surgeries can also improve your pet’s health.
What are the health benefits of spaying or neutering my pet?
Spaying or neutering your pet can improve his or her health by preventing certain types of cancers and infections. Spaying your female helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and minimizes his risk of getting prostate cancer. These surgeries cause no harm to your pet and increase their chances of living longer, healthier lives.
Should my female pet have one litter before being spayed?
There’s no reason for your female to have a litter before being spayed. Spaying before her first litter is easier on your pet and improves her chances of enjoying better health. If you’re not planning on keeping your pet’s litter, it’s best to spay her before she gets pregnant to reduce the pet homeless population where you live.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
Kittens and puppies can be spayed as early as two months of age. Spaying animals this young helps them recover quicker from the surgery. On average, pets are generally “fixed” between four to six months of age, although some pet owners wait until their pet is a year old. The longer you wait before fixing your pet, the greater his risk of complications from the surgery becomes. After examining your pet and evaluating his overall health, your Forest Grove veterinarian can help you determine a good time to spay or neuter your pet.
Will these surgeries be painful for my pet?
Spay & neuter surgeries are performed under anesthesia so your pet feels no discomfort or pain. Your Forest Grove veterinarian will give you instructions for post-op care to expedite your pet’s recovery after surgery.
See Your Forest Grove Veterinarian for Spaying or Neutering Procedures
To learn more about spay & neuter procedures or to schedule a date for altering your pet, contact Kindness Family Pet Clinic at 503-359-9548 at your earliest convenience.