Can a spay or neuter procedure really increase your pet’s chance of living longer and indirectly benefit other animals as well? Yes! Spaying and neutering can enhance the health of dogs and cats here in Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas, while also benefiting stray animals brought into shelters. When shelters become overcrowded, it’s harder for all of the animals to find loving homes. Keeping stray numbers down can decrease crowding and guarantee a forever family for more pets.
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Benefits for Pets and Their Families
How exactly do spay and neuter surgeries make life easier for pets and people? Some of the key benefits include:
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies
- Reduces breast cancer risks and eliminates uterine infection and cancer risks
- Prevents the messiness of the heat cycle (if performed before the pet’s first heat cycle)
- Reduces or prevents the urge to roam and mate
- Prevents the pacing and “caterwauling” of female cats in heat
- Prevents your pet from impregnating another
- Reduces perianal tumor risks and prevents testicular cancer and enlarged prostate risks
- Reduces or prevents spraying (cats) or marking (dogs)
- Can prevent inappropriate behaviors such as aggression, humping, roaming urges, and conflict with other male animals in the vicinity
In addition to improving your pet’s health and behavior, spaying or neutering can also make life easier for pet parents. If you have multiple animals in your household, they are much more likely to get along if they are all spayed or neutered.
When Should I Schedule My Pet’s Spay or Neuter?
Whether your pet is a dog or cat, male or female, they should be spayed/neutered around six months old. This increases their chances of avoiding certain disease risks, and they will also recover from their surgery more quickly than if they are spayed/neutered as an adult. However, extra-large breed dogs often need to wait until they are nine months to a year old before they are spayed or neutered because they need more time to grow.