Spaying and Neutering
Every loving pet owner wants to help their four-legged friends live long, healthy lives while helping other pets find loving homes. By spaying and neutering your pets, you can do both. Affordable Pet Care Northwest in San Antonio recommends that all dogs and cats be spayed/neutered, due to the many benefits that these surgeries provide. Whether you’re a first-time puppy/kitten owner or you just want to learn more about spaying (ovariohysterectomy) and neutering (castration), consider the following list of frequently asked questions:
Why Is Spaying/Neutering So Important?
- Your pet’s overall health can be improved, and their lifespan can be lengthened. In fact, studies prove that spayed and neutered pets live longer than those that aren’t spayed or neutered.
- The more pets that are spayed and neutered, the more likely it is for shelter pets to be adopted, and the lower the number of unwanted pets that are euthanized.
- Spaying eliminates the heat (menstrual) cycle as well as all associated behaviors (crying, roaming, etc.).
- Spaying reduces the risk of uterine infections and mammary tumors.
- Neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer and prostate problems.
- Neutering reduces aggressive behavior, marking, roaming, humping, and other unwanted behaviors.
Can Pets Gain Weight After Being Spayed/Neutered?
Yes. Some pets do gain weight after being spayed or neutered as a result of a decreased metabolism, but not all of them do. However, weight gain can certainly be prevented or reversed with a healthy diet and sufficient exercise. Try to walk your dog once a day for at least 15 minutes per walk, and create vertical climbing space for your cat to keep them active. Using interactive toys, such as a laser pointer, is also a great way to keep your pet active and at a healthy weight.
When Should I Schedule My Pet’s Spay/Neuter?
The age at which a pet should be spayed/neutered varies for each breed. During your pet’s next visit to our hospital, we’ll let you know at what age we recommend the surgery. For some pets, the surgery can be performed as young as 8 weeks, assuming the pet is healthy. Give us a call at (210) 684-2273 to schedule your pet’s appointment or to learn more about spaying and neutering.