Spay and Neuter
Besides vaccinations, spaying and neutering your pet is one of the best things that you can do to keep your pets healthy and happy! At Grand Central Veterinary Hospital, we are here to help!
“One of the most important health decisions you will make
regarding your pet is to spay or neuter him/her.”
Spaying is removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. It is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Completing the surgery before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house!
Neutering is removing the testicles of your male dog or cat and will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home. It provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males. Your neutered male will be much better behaved as your pet will focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
FACTS ABOUT SPAYING OR NEUTERING YOUR PET…
It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of treating problems that could have been prevented by the surgery.
Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets and helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented.
If you have any questions or concerns about spaying or neutering your pet, one of our dedicated staff members would be happy to speak with you. Please contact Grand Central Veterinary Hospital today at (727) 895-8387 and we would be glad to help you make the right choice!