Please be sure to read all of the written material from your pre-anesthetic packet that is sent to you (or obtained through our Forms tab online). The doctors urge every pet owner to elect for pre-anesthetic bloodwork to help ensure each patient is a good candidate for anesthesia. If there are any concerns for your pet, the veterinarian will discuss them with you after reviewing the pre-anesthetic bloodwork results.
There are many reasons why an owner or a rescue chooses to have a pet spayed or neutered. Below are the top 10 reasons why pets are spayed or neutered.
Top 10 Reasons To Spay or Neuter your Dog, Cat or Other Small Animal
- Unless you plan on breeding your pet, we feel spaying and neutering dogs is a good choice, for many reasons:
- Purebred dogs: Spay/neuter puts a stop to passing undesirable genetic traits while allowing the pup or dog being “culled” from the breeding program to go on and have a great life.
- Overpopulation: So many pets are available through adoption. Spaying/neutering dogs help control the population of these animals.
- Hormones: Intact male and female dogs usually exhibit undesirable hormone-related behaviors including urine marking in the house, aggression towards other dogs or people, territorial aggression, and the desire to roam.
- Aggression toward children: If you have children in the home, your intact male or female dog may eventually become aggressive and should not be left together without knowledgeable, adult supervision. Hormones that lead to aggression will be reduced after a dog is spayed or neutered.
- Housetraining: Your veterinarian will recommend the best time to have your dog neutered which may make it easier for you to housetrain your dog.
- Behavior Problems: Not all behavior problems can be extinguished by neutering, and timing impacts this greatly, however, some behaviors may be reduced by neutering your dog and neutering is generally the first recommendation of behaviorists and trainers before they start working with a pet.
- Socialization: Neutering your male dog will help with social problems that instinctually occur in intact male dogs, allowing them to have more active social lives with other dogs than those who are intact. Even female dogs can be aggressive towards one another, including their housemates. Spaying a female dog before she fully matures increases the chance of her living peacefully with the other dogs.
- Family dog: If you want your dog to focus him or herself on being a “family dog”, Spaying/neutering helps reduce distractions coming from the scents and behaviors of other intact dogs. This is also strongly recommended of companion dogs.
Enjoyment: Spay/neuter makes it easier for us to responsibly care for dogs, and increases the enjoyable activities we and our dogs can do together.
- Safe procedure: The spay/neuter procedure is a popular one often requested of your veterinarian. It is very safe, and your pet will be under anesthesia and will not feel any pain.
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