You have had your new pet for a few months now. They are living a wild and care-free, but are a lot to handle at times. You want your pet to be happy and live a long life. The time has come when you need to decide if you are going to spay or neuter your pet. Is it the right decision to make?

How does it work?

Spaying a pet consists of surgically removing the reproductive organs in a female dog or cat. Neutering consists of removing a male dog or cat’s testicles so he becomes impotent. 

The veterinarian will give your pet general anesthesia before the operation. Male cat neutering is extremely rapid. However, the rest of your pets will require a breathing tube in their mouths to make sure they are stable. A male dog neuter or female cat spay can take up to twenty minutes to complete. A female dog spay will often take up to ninety minutes to complete. 

Both surgeries will produce a positive hormonal change in your pet. 

Recovery Time

Dogs have an average recovery time of about two weeks. Dogs may seem groggy during the first 24 hours post surgery. They should be prevented from licking their wounds by using an e-collar. They should also not be bathed until two weeks after their surgery. 

Cats on the other hand can feel good as new within 10 minutes following the surgery. They could experience some discomfort and feel a little groggy for a couple of days after their operation.

What are the benefits of getting your pet fixed?

 

By fixing your pet early on, you help in preventing an outbreak of overwhelming hormones.

 

By getting your pet fixed, you help regulate your pet’s hormones, which essentially aids in calming your pet down. In both female and male pets, removal of the sex organs prevents cancer in dogs. Female cats in heat tend to wreak havoc around the house, so fixing your cat will also fix a lot of their aggression. 

 

Male pets who have a high sex drive can benefit from getting neutered.

 

Generally, after being fixed, the animal will have less of an urge to hump. Your dog will also be less aggressive towards their female counterparts.  

 

In female dogs, getting spayed prevents unwanted pregnancies and messy cycles.

If you don’t want surprise pregnancies and mixed breeding, you should make sure to fix your dog as soon as recommended. 

Every pet is different in its needs, but it is recommended that you get your pet spayed or neutered around 6 months of age to avoid any lifelong health issues from arising. The longer you wait, the greater the chance for illness can occur.