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It’s hard not to love kittens and puppies, which makes some people reluctant to spay or neuter their pets. There is ample evidence that pet overpopulation results in some dire circumstances, however. When animals aren’t spayed or neutered, there are more stray animals, increased contagious diseases that spread through the community, crowded shelters, and an increased number of pets being euthanized. 

To learn more about the advantages of why you should spay or neuter your furry loved one, Springbrook Animal Care Center is here to help you understand why spaying and neutering your furry friend is such an important element of pet ownership.

Spay And Neuter Surgeries 101

Spay and neuter surgeries are two of the most common surgeries performed at our hospital. These sterilization surgeries are performed under anesthesia and your pet will be able to go home afterward. Some pets need to stay overnight, but this is usually a rare occurrence.

A spay is the process of removing the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. This is done through a small incision in the abdomen. A neuter surgery involves making an incision at the base of the penis, near the scrotum, and removing the testicles. 

Why You Should Spay Or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying and neutering your pet can often benefit their overall health and wellness. It can also:

  1. Help your pet live a longer life—Spaying reduces the risk of diseases like breast cancer and serious uterine infections. Neutering your puppy before the age of 6 months also decreases the chance of them developing testicular cancer. 
  2. Prevent them from roaming—Both females in estrus or heat and intact males have a tendency to try and escape the home. When your pet gets away from the yard, they are at risk of accident or injury, as well as becoming permanently lost.
  3. Improve behavior—Neutering a dog mellows them out because they aren’t as intent on protecting their territory. This means less “marking” around the home and aggression toward other dogs.
  4. Prevent unwanted pregnancies—Many strays live a hard life and are subject to disease and injury. Pet overpopulation is a real problem that not only impacts pets but also communities. 
  5. Lowers care costs—Caring for a pet for their entire life is truly wonderful, but also expensive. One too many pets can cause a financial burden. Spay/neuter surgery is a good, low-cost option that protects against unwanted litters for a lifetime.

Caring For Your Pet After Their Surgery

At-home postoperative care is critical to your pet’s full recovery. Your veterinarian will send you home with a full list of instructions, and we are always here for any questions or concerns you might have. 

There are some basic things you can do to encourage a faster, more successful recovery:

  • Restrict your pet’s movement by using a crate, small room, baby gates, or a pen for the first week or so.
  • Do not let your pet do anything too rambunctious. They should only rest and walk to relieve themselves for the first few days. 
  • Use an Elizabethean collar or E collar. This prevents them from licking or chewing the sutures and surgical site.
  • Keep the area dry. Do not use any sprays or ointments on the sutures or place anything over the site.
  • Look for signs of infection, such as bleeding, pus, foul odor, and swelling, and report this to your veterinarian right away.

We hope this overview gives you a good understanding of the benefits of spay and neuter surgeries and why they are important for your pet’s health and longevity. If you would like any additional questions answered, please contact us.