Here at Deer Ridge Animal Hospital in Jackson, MO, our veterinarian team typically recommends that all dogs and gets get spayed or neutered for a number of beneficial reasons. Spaying or Neutering is a surgical procedure that sterilizes your pet for life, which helps control the pet population in addition to helping your pet live a longer, happier and healthier life.
The Vast Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
Spaying is the term used for when a female pet is sterilized, female animals who are not spayed go into a cycle that causes them to “go into heat.” This can cause them to release a scent that is detectable by their male counterparts from far distances, letting them know that the female is ready and seeking a mate. This tends to lead to unwanted behavior and potentially dangerous encounters with other animals, but spaying eliminates this risk. Another reason to have pets spayed is to prevent the bloody discharge that is commonly persistent in female pets in heat. Depending on the size of your pet, this can be quite messy and destructive.
Neutering is the term used for when a male pet is sterilized, males who are not neutered tend to be more aggressive, mark their territory and possibly roam outside the safety of their home or yard in the search for a female mate. Aggressive behavior and roaming can lead to life-threatening emergencies. Not to mention that no pet owner wants their pet to be peeing and marking their territory inside the house. Neutering the pet eliminates these risks.
Our veterinarian team at Deer Ridge Animal Hospital, in Jackson, MO recommends spaying or neutering animals as early as possible, as this helps them get the most health benefits from the surgery long-term. Spaying or neutering nearly eliminates animal’s risks of developing certain bacterial and uterine infections in addition to staving off diseases of the reproductive tract. This surgery will also virtually eradicate any chances of your pet developing some of the types of cancers linked to their reproductive systems.
The Spaying and Neutering Procedure at Our Clinic
Spaying or neutering is an in-office surgical procedure that removes the reproductive organs of the pet. Pets will be examined prior to the surgery and will undergo anesthesia in a monitored environment for their comfort and safety. Intravenous fluids and pain medication are administered, and the short procedure only takes around 15-20 minutes typically. Pending no complications, mot pets can return home the same day.
Learn More About Spaying and Neutering at Deer Ridge Animal Hospital
To learn more about the benefits of spaying and neutering or the surgery itself, contact us at Deer Ridge Animal Hospital, online or call us at (573) 243-3200. Our knowledgeable and caring veterinary team can help with making the right decision for your pet’s care and wellness as we welcome you to our family.