Laurel Park Animal Hospital

1824 Windsor Dr.
Laurel Park, NC 28791

(828)697-5686

www.laurelparkanimalhospital.evetsites.net

Spay Or Neuter Your Pet

 

As a responsible pet owner, spaying or neutering your cat or dog is a great idea. This simple procedure will help you ensure the well being and happiness of your furry companion. We generally recommend spaying cats and dogs at 6 months of age. This gives them time for their adult teeth to come in. If there are any dental problems we can take care of them at the same time.


Why should I have my pet neutered?

 

Animal shelters, both public and private, are faced with an incredible burden: What to do with the overpopulation of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for? Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.

What are some of the health and behavioral benefits?

Through neutering, you can help your dog or cat live a happier, healthier, longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female cat in heat. Spaying a female dog also eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle.

Neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are neutered.

A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.