Spay and Neuter: The Reasons Why
Your pet’s ability to reproduce may seem like the natural, best thing for them. However, there are a surprising number of complications that can develop in your cat or dog if they are left "intact." One major factor to consider is stray animal overpopulation. Too many unwanted litters end up on the streets where their lives are often short and riddled with difficulties. Furthermore, their natural desire to mate results in even more unwanted litters.
At Companion Animal Hospital of Oak Park, we believe in reversing the cycle, one pet at a time. Our aim is to increase our patients' longevity and help them live healthier, happier lives.
When is the Best Time for Surgery?
Each pet is slightly different, and the decision to spay and neuter also depends on you. We’re here to offer our guidance and help you understand how your pet’s health can benefit. Typically, the ideal time to spay or neuter your pet is between the ages of six and seven months. However, different breeds, such as larger dogs, may have greater benefits if left to mature a bit more first. By contrast, cats and small dogs can undergo surgery sooner. At your consultation appointment, we will discuss all the options available to you and your pet, helping you make the right decision.
Tell Me More About the Benefits
Males and females both see medical and behavioral benefits from a spay and neuter surgery. These include:
- Less aggression in males
- Decreased desire for males to mount other dogs or people
- Both males and females will be less likely to roam and look for a mate
- Females will not go into heat or have unwanted pregnancies
- The chance of testicular cancer or prostate issues is eliminated in males
- Mammary or uterine cancers are eliminated in females
- Females will not develop harmful uterine infections