Why Spay and Neuter?

By November 10, 2022No Comments

At the Vet’s Animal Hospital in Denver, CO, we provide hundreds of spay and neuter procedures for dogs and cats each year. It’s the most common routine minor surgery we do. It’s safe and affordable and it’s one of the most beneficial things you can do for the health of your pet.

Why Is Spay And Neuter Important?

Your pet will enjoy many important health benefits from the spay and neuter procedure, but there’s another great reason to have it done. You’ll also be helping to alleviate the overwhelming pet overpopulation crisis in America. Millions of abandoned dogs and cats end up in animal shelters in the U.S. each year, and most of them are eventually euthanized. Animal shelters just don’t have the space or resources to take care of them all, and there aren’t enough people who are willing to adopt them. Unwanted litters are the cause of the problem, and spaying and neutering pets is the best way to fight back against this tragic situation.

Why Spay And Neuter Your Pet?

Spaying involves the removal of the female’s reproductive organs, while neutering is the removal of the testicles of the male. The health benefits of the procedure differ slightly for males and females, and include:

Males are no longer at risk of cancer of the testicles and they’ll have a lessened incidence of prostate issues. They’ll be noticeably less aggressive and be less likely to roam the neighborhood and urinate to mark their territory indoors.
Females will no longer enter the heat cycle or menstruate, and the annoying crying and howling associated with it will be eliminated. The risk of reproductive organ and mammary cancers is significantly reduced.

The Spay And Neuter Procedure

Your vet will advise you not to feed your pet anything at least 12 hours before their procedure, though water is fine. During surgery, they’ll receive anesthesia and a veterinary technician will keep a close eye on their vital signs for problems. The procedure doesn’t take long to complete, and then your pet will spend a short time in recovery for observation. When it’s time to go home, your vet will give you instructions on postoperative care. In general, your pet will need to stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise. You’ll also need to take steps to keep them from scratching, biting, and licking at their sutures.

Whenever you need veterinary care in Denver, CO, contact the Vet’s Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment.