As your local Lansdale pet sitters, we are often asked about our thoughts on spaying / neutering pets. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. Neutering is the removal of the testicles of a male pet. This is a procedure completed by your Veterinarian. It involves only limited hospitalization for your pet. It is a very important health issue for you and your pet!
Low-cost spay/neuter clinics are often offered by your local county ASPCA! We had our dog, Alley spayed at the local SPCA and the procedure went great!
Reasons to spay/neuter your pet:
1. Health benefits!
- In males, it can prevent testicular cancer. Needs to be done before six months of age.
- In females, it prevents breast cancer and/or uterine infections. Needs to be done before pet has her first heat.
2. Reduces overpopulation of unwanted pets! Spaying/neutering reduces the number of stray animals, that often are euthanized.
3. Neutered males are often less aggressive! They will not spray urine all over the house to mark their territory. They also will not keep trying to run away from home to find a mate.
4. Spayed females won’t go into heat! They can go into heat four or five days every three weeks. During this period, they’ll urinate more and yell loudly.
5. It saves you money! Taking care of a litter is expensive and so is veterinary care for your male pet when he gets out of your house and fights with other males.