SPAY & NEUTER
Whether you are a recent or potential pet owner, you must know how important it is to spay and neuter your pet. Spaying a female pet is a veterinary procedure that entails minimum hospitalization and comes with lasting health benefits. Neutering involves the removal of reproductive organs in male pets which leads to vastly improved behaviour and inhibits them from running away. You can be assured that spaying or neutering your pet does not alter their personality or character.
Spaying female pets affords them a longer and healthier lifespan, and also protects them from uterine infections and breast tumours. It is advised to spay your pet prior to her first heat as it would offer a better protection against these illnesses. In male pets, the neutering procedure prevents testicular cancer and prostate irregularities.
- Spaying female pets prevents them from going into heat. Usually, they go into heat once every three weeks. When in heat, they howl and urinate more often than usual (at times even inside the house) in a bid to attract a mate.
- Unlike neutered pets, unneutered male dogs are likely to try and escape the house, often coming up with creative ways to do so. When outside, they are more vulnerable to getting injured in traffic or engaging in fights with other animals.
- Neutered male dogs exhibit better behavior. In contrast, unneutered male pets are aggressive and are likely to mark their territory by urinating inside the house which emits a strong odor. This can easily be fixed by neutering your male pets.
When Must You Spay Or Neuter Your Pet?
For Dogs: We suggest neutering your dogs when they are about six months old, or before their first heat. Although dogs can be neutered when they are older, it puts them at a risk of postoperative complications especially if they are advanced in age and overweight or have other health issues.
For Cats: Kittens can be sterilized even when they are just eight weeks old. In order to reduce the chances of unwanted pregnancies and urine-spraying behaviour, they are usually spayed or neutered before adoption.