Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

Did you know that February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month? Is your pet still intact? If so, we strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment to get your furbaby fixed as soon as possible. A Livonia, MI veterinarian discusses this important aspect of pet care in this article.

Why Spay/Neuter

There are many reasons to spay or neuter your furry friend. One huge benefit is that fixed pets are much less prone to develop behavioral issues such as spraying, digging, and aggression. Male dogs, for instance, are typically a lot calmer after being neutered. As for kitties, well, if you’ve ever heard a cat in heat howling, you know that Fluffy’s love songs aren’t exactly music to human ears. Spaying or neutering also reduces the risk of your pet developing several serious health issues, including uterine infections, testicular cancer, and breast tumors. There’s more! Spaying or neutering helps battle animal overpopulation, which is a serious threat to animal welfare in general. It can even help your beloved pet live longer. One survey found that neutered male dogs live, on average, 18% longer than intact pooches, while fixed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed ones. This may be because intact pets often run off looking for love, and are therefore more likely to get lost, hurt, or even killed.

When To Schedule The Surgery

In general, healthy pets can be fixed as young as eight weeks of age, though you’ll want to consult your vet before scheduling surgery. While it’s beneficial to have your pet spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity, you can still get your furry pal fixed even if you’ve missed that window. It’s worth noting that, while spay/neuter clinics may be cheaper, your pet will get more personalized care, including follow-up, at a veterinary hospital.

What To Expect

Females take a bit longer to heal than males, as spaying requires more intensive surgery than neutering. In most cases, pets recover very quickly. We recommend giving your furbaby a quiet, comfy place to recuperate. A new bed is definitely not a bad idea! As far as aftercare, your vet will provide you with specific instructions. Follow these directions to the letter, and contact your vet immediately if you notice any signs of sickness while your pet is recovering.

Is your furball ready for spay/neuter surgery? Please contact us, your Livonia, MI animal clinic, anytime.

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