Spay and Neutering Services in Reynoldsburg, OH
Spaying and neutering is an important part of puppy care and kitten care. However, many people still have questions about the process, its benefits, and when to do it. We at Hillview Veterinary Clinic/ Bed & Biscuit in Reynoldsburg, OH, want to help put these questions to rest and help you make the best decision for your pet! Below is everything you need to know about this pet surgery procedure.
What are Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying is the surgical removal of a female animal's ovaries and uterus. This procedure is also called an "ovariohysterectomy." It is typically performed when the animal is young, around six to nine months old, but can be done at any age.
Neutering is the surgical removal of a male animal's testicles. This procedure is also called "castration." It, too, is typically performed when the animal is young but your veterinarian can inform you of the best time to neuter your pet. For instance, certain large dogs might benefit from waiting to neuter until they are a year of age or older.
The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
There are many benefits to spaying and neutering your pet, including:
- Reduced risk of certain cancers: Spaying your female pet before her first heat cycle can reduce her risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Neutering your male pet can also help reduce his risk of developing testicular cancer.
- Fewer pregnancy risks: Pregnant animals often experience a number of health risks, including uterine infection and cancer. Spaying eliminates these risks.
- Less street traffic: Pets that are not spayed or neutered are much more likely to roam the streets in search of a mate, which can lead to them getting hit by a car or getting into fights with other animals.
- Elimination of unwanted litters: There are already too many animals in shelters waiting for homes. Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of homeless animals.
- A calmer pet: Pets that have been spayed or neutered often have a reduced desire to roam and are less likely to be aggressive. This makes them better, more well-behaved pets.
When Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
The best time to spay or neuter your pet is before they reach sexual maturity, which is typically around six to nine months old for most animals. However, your veterinarian will answer any questions you have about the process. They can also help you plan for before and after surgery, so your pet can heal fast and recover with minimal complications.
Visit Our Animal Hospital Today
If you're interested in spaying or neutering your pet, or if you have any other questions about this procedure, please contact our animal hospital today. We would be happy to answer all of your questions and help you make the best decision for your pet!