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Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

February is The Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. This is a great time to talk about why it’s so important to get your pet spayed or neutered! Read on as a Glendale, AZ vet discusses getting your furbaby fixed.

Health Benefits

Spaying provides some very important health benefits. It can prevent uterine cancers and breast tumors in female pets, and testicular and prostate issues in males. Pets that have been fixed also tend to live longer than those that are intact. Ask your vet for more information.

Promoting Good Animal Welfare

Spaying and neutering are also important for animal welfare in general. Pet overpopulation is a very serious issue, and is one of the main reasons there are so many sweet, homeless dogs and cats in shelters. By getting your four-legged pal fixed, you’re ensuring that they won’t contribute to the problem by having unwanted litters. We all know that puppies and kittens are cute, but there is unfortunately no way to guarantee that your furry buddy’s descendants will always have loving homes.

Reduced Behavioral Issues

Getting your pet fixed can reduce or eliminate many different behavioral issues. Dogs and cats both tend to be much calmer once they’ve been fixed, and are typically less prone to bad behaviors, like spraying and aggression. Your furball will also be less interested in running off to go looking for love. If you have a cat, well, being spared your kitty’s singing is another benefit. Our feline friends are adorable, but their amorous love songs aren’t exactly pleasing to human ears.

Helping Your Pet Recover

Your four-legged buddy will definitely appreciate some extra TLC after surgery. Males tend to recover more quickly than females, since the neutering procedure is less invasive than spaying. Make sure that your furry friend has a quiet, comfy place to recuperate in. (Hint: this isn’t a bad time to get your furball a comfy new bed.) Spaying and neutering are both very safe and routine procedures, but that doesn’t mean they are entirely without risks. Complications are rare, but not unheard of. Be sure to follow your vet’s care instructions to the letter. If you notice anything amiss, such as popped stitches, fever, or lethargy, call your vet immediately.

Does your dog or cat need to be spayed or neutered? Call us! As your Glendale, AZ animal clinic, we are here to help!

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