Just because you adore your new furry friend doesn’t mean you want more of the same. Through spay & neuter surgery, you can sterilize your pet to avoid the risk of pregnancy. Spaying your female pet keeps her from getting pregnant. Neutering your male pet prevents him from impregnating a female. Spay/neuter pet surgery is available at Desert East Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX.
Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Although spay/neuter pet surgery is a personal decision you make, your choice can have community-wide repercussions. Unaltered female pets are at risk of getting pregnant and having babies. Unwanted litters are often taken to animal shelters that are already overcrowded. This adds to the ever-growing problem of pet homelessness in your local community. By spaying or neutering your pet, you help decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cats where you live.
Spay/neuter surgery can also protect the health of your dog or cat by reducing or eliminating its risk of reproductive tumors, cancers, and infections. Altered pets are more likely to live longer with fewer of these types of health problems.
By altering your pet, you can avoid undesirable behavior associated with the heat cycle. Female pets have been known to howl throughout the night and spray indoors when they’re in heat. Male dogs tend to roam in search of female companionship, putting them at risk of a car accident or animal fight. Spay/neuter surgery eliminates these behaviors, making your pet easier to care for. Neutering male dogs may even help suppress aggressive behavior.
Best Time to Alter Your Pet
Spaying or neutering your pet at a young age, between 8-12 weeks old, makes it easier for the animal to recover from the surgery. However, many pet owners prefer to wait until their pets are at least 4 months old before having this surgery done. Before scheduling a spay or neuter procedure, your El Paso veterinarian will examine your pet to ensure it's in good enough health for surgery. Afterwards, we can discuss the timing of your pet's surgery.
Safety of Spay/Neuter Surgery
Spay/neuter surgery is quite common today and can be performed safely and successfully by an experienced vet. The risks of negative repercussions are low, and most pets have little to no trouble recovering from this procedure. Contrary to what many people think, spay/neuter surgery isn’t dangerous, doesn’t contribute to pet obesity, and doesn’t alter a pet’s personality. It simply makes it impossible for your pet to reproduce to avoid the risk of unwanted pregnancies.
Schedule a Spay/Neuter Pet Surgery in El Paso, TX
To schedule spay/neuter surgery for your dog or cat, contact our veterinarian at Desert East Animal Hospital at 915-855-4100.