Many pet owners instinctively resist the idea of scheduling animal surgery unless it’s a matter of life or death. But you might be surprised to learn that one particular type of elective animal surgery, sexual sterilization, really can improve your beloved companion’s health and even reduce the risk of an early death. Cat and dog spay and neuter surgery helps these animals thrive even as it prevents the conception of litter after litter of puppies and kittens. That’s why your veterinarian at Brazos Bend Animal Hospital (Dr. Karen Ross or Dr. Andy Faist) wants you to have the necessary spay and neuter information to give this procedure some serious thought.
How does spay and neuter surgery help Rosenberg and Richmond, Texas pets?
As you probably know, sexual sterilization is primarily employed to prevent pregnancy. This is an obvious benefit for owners who can’t turn their home into a pet sanctuary. But it also benefits the animal community by lessening the burden on already-crowded animal shelters. Fewer unwanted pets means fewer animals who must be destroyed and more resources for other animals who badly need them.
But there’s an even more direct health benefit to be obtained from dog and cat spay and neuter surgery. Neutering (castration) of males and spaying (ovariohysterectomy) of females dramatically reduces your pet’s lifetime cancer risk by removing the source of reproductive cancers such as testicular cancer and ovarian cancer. The risk of mammary (breast) cancer is also significantly lowered. Anything that can prevent your pet from developing a potentially deadly disease like cancer should be at the top of your preventative medicine list.
Cat and dog spay and neuter surgery can also protect your pet’s health by modifying the animal’s behavior. Pets who receive this surgery won’t go into heat — which means that they won’t exhibit frustration-related behaviors such as aggression toward other animals. This could keep them out of potentially dangerous conflicts. This type of animal surgery also removes the urge to roam that accompanies heat cycles, so your pet is less likely to wander into harm’s way. Overall, sterilization can extend your dog’s life by up to 3 years, and your cat’s life by up to 5 years.
Animal Spay and Neuter Surgery for Rosenberg and Richmond, Texas
Your trusty animal doctor here at Brazos Bend Animal Hospital performs dog and cat spay or neuter surgery on Rosenberg and Richmond, Texas pets. We advise owners to bring their pets in as soon as they’re 8 weeks old, although the surgery is also beneficial for older pets in their first year of life. The earlier we can put your pet on the road to a longer and healthier life, the better.
Call (281) 342-1117 to learn more about spay and neuter surgery and schedule the procedure with your animal doctor here at Brazos Bend Animal Hospital. You’ll be doing your best friend an enormous favor; one that lasts a lifetime!