Spay and Neuter
Along your pet’s path to a long and healthy life, they will need to be spayed or neutered before they reach maturity. We recommend spaying and neutering for both dogs and cats to prevent unwanted pregnancies and lower the risk of disease. Furthermore, animal overpopulation is still an issue not just here in Muncie, but throughout the country; spay and neuter surgeries play a tremendous role in reducing overpopulation and keeping shelters from overcrowding.
The Health Benefits Associated with Spaying and Neutering
Dogs and cats may be able to live longer if they are spayed/neutered. This is possible thanks to the following benefits they can experience once they have had their surgery:
- Less risk for pyometra (infection of the uterus) and ovarian, mammary, and uterine cancer (females)
- Less risk for testicular and prostate cancer (males)
In addition, pets can benefit from improved behavior once they’ve been spayed or neutered:
- Less aggressiveness (males)
- Reduced risk of roaming in search of a mate (males and females)
- Less likely to mark territory with strong-smelling urine (males)
- Less likely to engage in mounting behaviors (males)
When Will My Pet Need the Surgery?
Choosing the date of your pet’s spay or neuter surgery depends mainly on their age, physical development, and overall health. Large to giant-breed dogs usually need to wait the longest before undergoing surgery due to their slower development. It is important to not have your pet spayed or neutered too early, as this could affect their growth and increase the risk of certain health problems.
How Can I Help My Pet Recover?
Your veterinarian will give you instructions to guide you through your pet’s recovery. Your pet will need to stay confined to a quiet room or crate while they’re recuperating, and you will need to check their incision daily for swelling, discoloration, discharge, and anything else unusual. It is also essential to keep your pet’s incision protected from licking, chewing, and exposure to water. We’ll give you a handout before you take your pet home so you’ll always have the information you need. You can also contact us at any time during our office hours if you have questions!