There is a lot of responsibility involved in adopting a pet. Your new pet will rely on you for everything, including food, water, medical care, love, and attention. When you bring your new pet home, it is time to schedule a pet exam at Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson. Our veterinarians will make sure your pet is healthy and gets the needed vaccinations. During your visit, you should discuss spaying or neutering your new pet.
What Are Spaying and Neutering?
Spay and neuter procedures are used to sterilize pets. Females are spayed. During the procedure, the veterinarian will remove her uterus, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes. Male pets are neutered. During the procedure, the veterinarian will remove his testicles.
The Benefits of Having Your Pet Spayed
The main benefit of having your pet spayed is that she cannot get pregnant. You are doing your part in controlling the pet population. There are other benefits as well, including:
- Eliminates Uterine and Ovarian Cancer: Since the uterus and ovaries are taken out, cancers that can affect this region of the body are eliminated.
- Eliminates the possibility of Pyometra: This dangerous infection of the uterus is eliminated since the uterus is removed during surgery.
- She won't go into heat: Female dogs go into heat every six months. Smaller breeds can go into heat three times per year. Cats go into heat every two to three weeks. Having your pet spayed will prevent her from going into heat and prevent her from crying or yowling to attract a mate. She also will not try to escape in search of a mate.
- She won't menstruate: Female dogs get their period two to three times per year. This is a problem because she will leave spots of blood on your furniture and around your home. Having her spayed will prevent menstruation.
The Benefits of Having Your Pet Neutered
Having your pet neutered will prevent him from getting other animals pregnant, which also helps control the pet population. The other benefits include:
- He won't try to escape: Male pets can mate all year long. Having your pet neutered will prevent him from yowling or crying trying to attract a mate. Also, your pet won't try to escape in search of a mate.
- Eliminates Testicular Cancer: Since the testicles are taken out, cancers that can affect this region of the body are eliminated.
- He won't pee in the house: Male pets who aren't neutered often pee in the house to mark their territory. Having your pet neutered early will prevent this.
- He won't hump people and objects: Male dogs who aren't neutered often hump legs and objects. Having your dog neutered early will prevent this behavior.
- He won't spray: Male cats emit a foul, ammonia-smelling spray to mark their territory and when they feel scared or threatened. Having your male cat neutered early will prevent this.
Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered in Tucson, AZ
If your new pet has not been spayed or neutered, schedule an appointment at Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson. Our veterinarians will perform a pet exam and answer any questions that you may have about this important veterinary service. Call our team today at (520) 544-7700 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.