There is a great deal of responsibility involved in adopting a pet. Pets need a lot of love and care, and they also need to see the veterinarian regularly. During your pet's first visit to Northwood Veterinary Hospital, you should discuss having your pet spayed or neutered.
What is Spaying & Neutering?
These are surgical procedures for pets. Spaying is the sterilization process for female animals. During the procedure, the animal's uterus and ovaries are removed. Neutering is the sterilization process for male pets, where the testicles are removed. Both are very routine procedures performed by a veterinarian on an outpatient basis.
Why You Should Have Your Female Pet Spayed
One of the main benefits of having a female pet spayed is to control the pet population. This procedure can also be beneficial to your pet's health. When you have your female pet spayed by a veterinarian before her first heat, it can prevent her from getting breast cancer and uterine cancer, which are often fatal.
Having your female pet spayed can also make life in the home easier. When a female cat goes into heat, she will yowl to try to attract a male. This can be very annoying and it will draw all of the male cats in the neighborhood to your door. When you have your female dog spayed, you won't need to worry about her menstruating, which can leave drops of blood all around your home.
Why You Should Have Your Male Pet Neutered
Having your male pet neutered is a good idea because it will prevent testicular cancer, which is often fatal. It can also make life in the home easier. When a male dog is not neutered, he will urinate in the house trying to mark his territory. He won't do this if he has been neutered. Male cats let off a foul-smelling spray at around a year old, and neutering will prevent this from occurring. Both male cats and dogs will often try to get out of the house in search of a mate if they aren't neutered. This can result in your pet getting lost, stolen, or hit by a car. Having your pet neutered is a great way to ensure his safety.
Spaying and Neutering Pets in Northwood, NH
When you first bring a new pet into your home, you should start thinking about having the animal spayed or neutered. Our veterinarians at Northwood Veterinary Hospital will discuss the procedure with you, and let you know what to expect afterward. Call us today at (603) 942-8368 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.