Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
The more obvious benefit of spaying or neutering your dog or cat is the prevention of unwanted litters. Given the current overpopulation crisis, unwanted puppies and kittens are unlikely to find loving homes; the animals simply outnumber the households willing and able to take them in. Even if you do manage to find homes for all members of a litter, this only shifts the burden on to other animals. Because the number of homes which want animals is exceeded by the number of animals, every new pet is unfortunately also one less chance for the existing animals in need of a family.
Perhaps less conspicuous are the considerable benefits of spaying and neutering for the health of your pet. Depending on whether the animal is a spayed female or neutered male, the surgery reduces or eliminates the incidence of several kinds of diseases. Spayed females, having no uterus, have no risk of uterine infection or cancer, either of which can be deadly to cats and dogs alike. Females who were spayed in early life also have a lower risk of breast cancer. This risk is especially reduced if the spaying is performed before your pet ever goes into heat. Neutered males, likewise, will not get testicular cancer, and their risk of perianal tumors is greatly reduced. Neutering also prevents enlargement of the prostate gland.
There are also a number of behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering. An intact female will periodically go into heat, loudly yowling and urinating as much as possible in as many places as possible trying to attract mates. Intact males are more aggressive to other dogs than neutered males. Furthermore, intact males will frequently try to escape in order to find mates, in the process exposing them to the dangers of freely roaming, such as traffic and fights with other males. Although spaying and neutering prevent these difficulties, these procedures do not otherwise alter the personality of your pet, who will still be as playful, active, watchful, and affectionate as he or she ever was.
Before we can administer anesthesia for the surgery, we need to do blood work to be sure of the status of the kidney and liver. These organs filter the bloodstream, so any problem either of them has could pose a hazard when your pet goes under. Although they can pose a serious threat to your pet when he or she is under anesthesia, these issues do not necessarily show any symptoms, and can even occur in young pets.
After these tests have been run, and your pet is put under anesthesia, one of our veterinary technicians will perform surgical monitoring. The technician will keep the surgeon informed on factors including the patient’s temperature, respiration, blood pressure, and heart rate. There will also be an IV catheter will be present, so that, should it be needed, we can quickly access it.
Spaying or neutering your pet is a vital part of his or her Preventative Health Care. However, it requires you make a considerable investment. At World of Animals Veterinary Hospital, we make sure our clients both know exactly what services they are receiving, and what these services will cost them. It is not uncommon for veterinary hospitals to quote the surgery price over the phone, so as to lure the prospective client into an appointment, only to then notify their client that the price quoted did not include all the necessities which come with the surgery, such as preanesthetic blood work, pain medications, and anesthesia, after the client has already come to their hospital. Don’t let these hospitals deceive you. With such a major surgery at issue, you both need and deserve the best medical care for your hard-earned money.