Many pet owners these days opt to spay or neuter their pets to not only prevent overpopulation in shelters, but also to improve their animal’s health in the long run.
Spaying female cats and dogs early in life helps protect them from uterine infections and certain forms of cancer later on. Similarly, neutering male cats and dogs can also reduce the risk of them eventually developing some cancers. All of these conditions can be costly and difficult to treat in some animals, leading to shortened lifespans and big vet bills.
Spaying and neutering may also help resolve some of the behavioral issues your pet may have, such as running away from home.
There are a few different options that fall under the general terms of spaying and neutering, and we’d like to help you figure out what’s best for your situation. As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with these procedures. And although there are many benefits, there are also a few rarer side effects that owners should be aware of. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your pet.
Please feel free to reach out to talk to us about the best time to spay or neuter your animal. The timing of this procedure varies based on a number of factors including your pet’s breed and physical health in addition to their age. It’s a common myth that owners should wait until female dogs and cats have gone through their first heat to start the conversation with a vet.
Yosemite Veterinary Hospital is happy to provide spaying and neutering procedures for pets in the Modesto, Empire, Riverbank, OakDale, Manteca, Stockton and Turlock areas.