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Why You Should Spay & Neuter Your Pet

Let’s start of with a quick question, do you know what spay or neuter means? The clinical term for "spay" is Ovariohysterectomy. It is a process where the reproductive organs in a female dog or cat are removed. The clinical term for "neuter" is Orchiectomy and it is a process where the testes are removed from a male cat or dog.

Here are the top reasons why you should consider spaying and neutering your pet.

Reduce Spraying And Marking

If your pet already had a habit of peeing to mark his territory (possibly in your home), there's a really good chance that the drive for this behavior will will be lowered if not eliminated completely. And if your pet is still fairly young and has not really developed the drive to mark getting them neutered before they start will usually prevent them from ever staring. 

Reduce Desire To Roam

Did you know that pets that like to roam usually do it because of breeding drives? That’s right, your roaming furry friend could be searching to reproduce and sadly they escape out of home, the yard or perhaps break free of their leash and potentially put themselves in danger. Pets get lost too often and some are brought into the urgent care vet or emergency vet because of injuries that happened while they were gone. 

Reduce Aggression

There are numerous cases that have shown reduced aggression in spayed or neutered pets. You should definitely consider saying and neutering if there are concerns or signs of aggression from your furry friend. No one wants to rush their pet or someone else pet into the urgent care vet or emergency vet because of a fight. 

Lower Chance Of Cancers

One of the most frequent cancers in dogs is testicle cancer, mammary glands cancer and other cancers connected to the reproductive system. If you neuter or spay your pet, then you can lower the risk drastically and potentially save their life. 

Decrease Overpopulation

This is probably the most important reason on this list. Spaying and neutering actually makes a huge difference: Just one intact female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in just six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens! There are so many animals in need good homes and so many shelters over run because there is just not enough of them. 

If you have made the decision to spay or neuter your pet, we are here to help! Although we are primarily an urgent care and emergency veterinarian we do offer wellness care and spay/neuter services as well. Give us a call to set up an appointment

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