Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets
If you have ever visited the dog pound or a pet rescue facility, you have personally experienced the vast numbers of abandoned pets that need a forever home. Many of these animals never get that special home, a problem that can be alleviated if pet owners have their veterinarian spay or neuter their pets. In addition to being the responsible thing to do, there are many health and behavior benefits for both pets and their owners.
Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Research shows definite health benefits for altered male and spayed female dogs and cats. These animals live longer and have fewer medical problems; Spayed or neutered pets have a lower risk for mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers, especially if they are altered when young.
Additionally, altered and spayed pets are less inclined to roam the neighborhood, which helps lower the risk of fights, injuries, and becoming lost. And, neutering frequently reduces aggressive behaviors in males, while spaying female cats may correct those that urinate outside of the litter box when in heat. Surprising statistics show that outdoor, unaltered male cats have a life expectancy of only a couple of years. Spaying and altering your pet can increase their life span an average of 3 to 5 years. And, ultimately, spaying and altering your pet helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation.
Veterinarians at Central Animal Hospital
Provide Spay and Neuter Services
Dog and cat surgery is one of the many services offered by our Scarsdale veterinarians at Central Animal Hospital. We invite you to visit our animal clinic, so we can recommend the appropriate age for your pets to be spayed or neutered, which is normally between 4 to 6 months of age.
Central Animal Hospital provides dog and cat surgery, including spaying and neutering, as well as offering comprehensive health care services for all your pet’s needs. Located in Scarsdale, our animal clinic serves all of Westchester county. We hope you will discuss any concerns you might have about neutering you pet or any other health issues with one of our veterinarians.
Do you know that having a pet spayed or neutered is much less expensive than raising a litter of kittens or puppies?