Spay and Neutering for Pets
Did you know that pets who are “fixed” live longer and healthier lives? According to a study on more than 70,000 animals, male dogs that have been neutered live 13.8% longer than those who have not undergone the procedure, while female dogs who have been spayed live 26.3% longer than their non-spayed counterparts. This is just one of the many reasons why spaying and neutering is a must for all responsible pet owners. To learn more about these services, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 403.239.4657.
Why is it important to spay or neuter my pet?
One of the main reasons why spaying and neutering is so important is because it helps prevent unwanted breeding and overpopulation. This will help animal shelters and rescue groups who are already overwhelmed with helping abandoned and neglected furry friends in need.
What are the health benefits of spaying and neutering?
Aside from living longer lives, pets who have been fixed are also less likely to develop uterine, testicular and other forms of cancer, as well as other infections and diseases. Pets who have been spayed or neutered are also less likely to develop aggressive or disruptive behaviours when they reach adulthood such as spraying, roaming and biting.
When should my pet be spayed or neutered?
Although these procedures can be performed well into adult-age, ideally, pets should undergo them before they reach sexual maturity at around 5-months-of-age. During a consultation here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, our team will be able to assess if your furry friend is ready to undergo the procedure. Some patients, particularly cats, can be spayed or neutered as early as 8-weeks-old.
What are the risks of spaying or neutering?
Like with all surgical procedures, there is some risk involved with fixing your furry friend. That being said, these are routine treatments and adverse effects are truly rare. Pain, bleeding and infection at the incision site are some of the negative effects that may occur, although these hardly occur and are far in between.