Spaying and neutering your pets comes with a myriad of health and behavioral benefits that allow them to live longer, happier lives. At Mercy Pet Clinic, our spaying and neutering services are affordable, so pet parents can help their pets live healthier lives without hurting their wallets.
Spaying, technically known as an ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to make them infertile. This procedure includes the full removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries of a female pet.
Benefits of Spaying Your Pet
- Heat cycles can be a real pain for both pets and their parents. When a female dog or cat goes into heat, they can become highly uncomfortable, will seek attention and will likely attract attention from male dogs and cats in your area. Spaying your female dog or cat will eliminate heat cycles, making for a more peaceful and comfortable home.
- If a female dog or cat is not spayed, they are at risk of developing pyometra, which is a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus. Spaying your pet eliminates their risk of developing pyometra.
- Spaying your female dog or cat eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancers and significantly reduces the risk of mammary cancer.
Benefits of Neutering Your Pet
- For most pet owners, the primary benefit of neutering their male cat or dog is that it reduces aggressive, destructive and territorial behaviors such as spraying, mounting and roaming.
- Neutering your pet prevents prostate enlargement and infection. Additionally, making the choice to neuter your male dog or cat reduces their risk of testicular cancer.
- Neutering can also prevent your male dog or cat from developing particular types of hernias.
Neutering, technically known as orchiectomy, is the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to make them infertile. This procedure includes the full removal of a male pet’s testes.
Spaying and Neutering Saves Lives
As of 2017, there are about 6.5 million dogs and cats in animal shelters in the United States. Each year, approximately 1.5 million of these animals are euthanized. Animal overpopulation and strays contribute to the euthanization of unwanted dogs and cats. Luckily, pet owners can make a difference by making the decision to spay and neuter their pets. By spaying and neutering your pets, you can help reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens in shelters and on the street.