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Annually, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are dumped on the streets. One of the common reasons is the birth of unplanned and unwanted litters. To address these issues, responsible pet owners can make a difference by having your pet spayed/neutered. In this article, we explore what spaying/neutering involves and the benefits of it.
Spaying/neutering is a surgical process in which your pet’s reproductive system is removed. Spaying of females involves removing the ovaries and uterus. Neutering of males involves the removal of both testicles.
Spaying automatically stops female pet’s heat cycles and associated bleeding, thereby preventing unwanted pregnancies.
In males, it helps to reduce some behavioural-related issues, e.g., aggression or wandering instincts. It is a protective measure against them wandering off as it reduces their hormonal drive to stray from home in search of a mating partner. Also, it helps prevents unpleasant odor associated with male urine.
These procedures also have medical benefits that can help a pet live a healthier and longer life.
The right age depends on your pet’s breed and size. Generally, the recommended age is six months.
Most vets recommend spaying a female dog before her first heat cycle. The timing varies but occurs somewhere between five and ten months of age.
For male dogs, adult size is an essential factor. Small and medium male dogs are generally neutered earlier—around six months of age.
Spay and neutering are common surgeries, but as with any surgery, there’s always some degree of anaesthetic and surgical risk involved for animals. However, the overall incidence of complications is generally very low. Ensuring that a thorough health check is performed on your pet before the surgery eliminates any potential underlying health complications.
As always, you should talk to your vet about the pros and cons of the procedure so you can make an informed decision.