Spaying and neutering your pet is one of the most important things you can do for them. Spaying and neutering not only helps promote animal health but also reduces the homeless population. However, there are many questions about spaying and neutering pet owners may ask. We at Northwood Veterinary Hospital serving Northwood, NH, are here to answer some questions about spay & neuter.
What Is the Difference Between Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying is the surgical procedure to remove the ovaries and uterus of a female animal, while neutering is the surgical procedure to remove the testicles of a male animal. These processes are done while the animal is under anesthesia.
Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pet. The following are just a few:
- Spaying or neutering your pet can help them live a healthier life. Spaying eliminates the risk of uterine cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
- Spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce the number of homeless animals. Every year, millions of animals are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them. Spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce the number of animals born yearly.
- Spaying or neutering your pet can help make them better behaved. Animals that have been spayed or neutered are less likely to roam and mark their territory.
When Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
Spaying or neutering your pet is best done when they are young, typically before the first heat cycle for females. This allows them to recover quickly and get back to their normal activities. Spay & neuter also typically includes a rabies vaccine, so getting this done at the same time can help save you money. A veterinarian on our team can help you determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet.
Will Spaying or Neutering My Pet Change His or Her Behavior?
Spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce problem behaviors, such as roaming, marking territory, and aggression. In addition, spaying or neutering can help your pet focus its energy on you instead of on finding a mate. They can also help your pet be less fearful and more relaxed.
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Care for your pet with us at Northwood Veterinary Hospital serving Northwood, NH. We offer a variety of services to keep your pet healthy and happy. Call us at (603) 942-8368 to schedule an appointment.