Why Choose Spay and Neuter Sugery
When you bring your new pet home, one of the first things that may come to mind is whether or not a spay or neuter surgery is the right choice. It doesn’t have to be a hard decision. The veterinarians at Melrose Animal Clinic are happy to help you make the best call for you and your pet. We recommend spay and neuter surgeries for all pets not meant for breeding. Surgery helps to reduce pet overpopulation, giving current shelter pets a better chance at adoption and increases your pet’s likelihood of living a longer, healthier life.
Your puppy or kitten should visit us soon after you bring them home for a full health assessment and discussion of spay or neuter surgery.
How Your Pet Benefits
Spay and neuter surgery involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries of females and the testicles of males. We perform the surgery with all the same safety precautions and protocols as any surgery so your pet’s procedure and recovery are as smooth as possible. By undergoing surgery, your pet benefits from the following:
- Males experience a reduction in aggressive behavior.
- Females no longer experience messy and frustrating heat cycles.
- Males will no longer practice urine-marking or mounting behaviors.
- Females and males both will not have the desire to roam away from home looking for a mate.
- Males have a lessened risk of developing prostate problems.
- Females have a reduced risk of developing mammary gland tumors.
- Males are spared any risk of developing testicular cancer.
- Females are spared from developing uterine infections as well as cervical and ovarian cancers.
Timing That's Just Right
Generally, we recommend that pets undergo a spay or neuter surgery between 6-8 months old. However, some pets could benefit from an earlier or later surgery. When you bring your new puppy or kitten in for their first preventive care appointment with us, we’ll make sure to discuss the best options for them, and decide on the perfect timing together.