Is your pet displaying behaviors that are worrying you? Are they fighting with other animals or getting into the trash? Spaying or neutering your pet may be the solution you're looking for. These surgical procedures, also known as "sterilization," are common and safe operations that can be performed a veterinarian with us at Pasquotank Animal Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC, to prevent animals from reproducing.
What Is Spaying?
Spaying is the surgical removal of a female animal's reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus. It involves an incision in the pet's abdomen.
What Is Neutering?
Neutering is the surgical removal of a male animal's reproductive organs, the testicles. It also involves a small incision.
When Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
Pets can be spayed or neutered at many ages, but it is recommended that you do so before they reach sexual maturity.
What Are the Benefits of Spaying or Neutering?
There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pet, including:
You Can Prevent Unwanted Litters
Without spaying, your animal could become pregnant if she and you may have to deal with her unwanted offspring. Spaying can prevent this from happening in the first place.
Reduced Risk of Certain Types of Cancers
When you spay female animals before their first heat, they have a chance of developing mammary cancer. If you spay your female pet, you can help reduce the chance of developing this kind of cancer. Male animals that are neutered can have a significantly reduced risk of developing prostate cancer.
Elimination of Messy Heat Cycles
Unspayed female animals will go into heat every once in a while, during which time they might yowl, urinate more frequently, and may even spray urine around your home. This can last for some time. Spaying eliminates heat cycles altogether.
Reduced Risk of Roaming and Other Problematic Behaviors
Spaying or neutering your pet can help to reduce roaming, barking, fighting, and other behavior issues.
What Are the Risks of Spaying or Neutering?
As with any pet surgery, there are risks associated with spaying and neutering. These risks are minimal, however, and a veterinarian on our team will take precautions to ensure your pet's safety.
Contact Our Animal Hospital to Schedule Spay or Neuter Surgery
If you would like to schedule pet surgery for spaying or neutering surgery, contact Pasquotank Animal Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC, at (252) 264-3371. A veterinarian at our animal hospital will be happy to answer any questions about the procedure and help you determine if it is right for your pet.