What is spaying or neutering?

Spaying or neutering your pet can help them live a longer, healthier life, minimises behaviour problems and helps control the population of unwanted pets. Spaying or neutering your pet eliminates unwanted litters, which contributes to thousands of euthanasia procedures and millions of stray animals. It is important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the best age to spay your pet. You can reduce the likelihood of certain cancers and tumours simply by spaying at the right age.

Spaying is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and uterus are completely removed from your female pet. Also called an “ovariohysterectomy,” the surgery is performed while your pet is under general anaesthesia. There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes ‘messy’ heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Additionally, research has shown that pets that have been spayed live longer than pets that have not been spayed.

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering can help eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behaviour in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

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