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Why It’s Critical to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

March 1, 2024

An individual’s pet is as unique as that person. Care for Fido and Fluffy is affected by numerous factors, including their age, size, breed, and health. Regardless of our differences in opinion regarding the best ways to exercise and feed pets, we fully support spaying and neutering all cats and dogs. The following article provides explanations as to why benefits outweigh any costs from a Metairie, LA veterinarian.

Dealing with Pet Overpopulation by Fixing Your Pet

The risk of unintended pregnancies can be significantly reduced by having pets spayed or neutered. Having too many pets is a major problem in and of itself, and it’s sad that it often can lead to cruelty, neglect, or hoarding. The deaths of innumerable cats and dogs occur annually. The fate of millions more is up to us to decide.

Lack of shelter, severe weather, parasites, wounds, and illnesses are just a few of the many challenges faced by homeless animals.

We all adore puppies and kittens. Though, no matter how many homes your pet’s litters find, it doesn’t guarantee that future generations will also thrive. Sterilization is the right thing to do because there are already far too many strays in the world.

You’ll be surprised at how much your pet will change things. Just nine years is all it takes for two cats to have 2,072,514 kittens! At a close second is Fido. Six years is all it takes for a litter of two puppies to produce as many as 67,000 offspring, with an average of 6 to 10 pups born per litter.

The Health Benefits of Sterilized Pets

We must not ignore the undeniable medical benefits of spaying and neutering. Pets will have a much lower risk of developing genital cancer and a much lower risk of developing prostate, breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers after undergoing such a common procedure. Bonus: A lower incidence of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is an additional consideration of spaying or neutering your pet. Avoiding these problems altogether is easier and more cost-effective than fixing them after the fact. Consult your Metairie, LA veterinarian for more detailed information.

Less Free-Roaming

When you don’t watch after your pet, they’re more likely to become lost, hurt, or even killed. Animals can be in danger from a wide variety of sources, including cars, bad weather, wild animals, poisons, parasites, illness, and many other unfortunate situations.

If you get your pet fixed, they won’t feel the need to seek out the opposite sex. Fido and Fluffy’s incessant attempts to flee the house every time you open the door will finally end. Without a doubt, mating impulses rank high among the various reasons why pets try to escape.

A Longer Life Expectancy

As if you didn’t know, getting a pet fixed typically enhances their longevity. The more you think about it, the more obvious it becomes. Pregnancy and childbirth are laden with several hazardous risks. Dogs are more vulnerable to these issues because of so many size variations; for example, an accidental impregnation of a small female from a large male will often result in severe complications that could lead to, not only the puppies dying, but mom as well.

By minimizing the number of injuries that occur as a result of straying, sterilizing pets gives them a safer life. In an unaltered male animal, it is highly probable that male cats or dogs may fight with one another on the street if they are not supervised. Ultimately, this can cause serious injuries and, possibly, death if not caught quickly enough.

Altered Dogs Are More Relaxed

The emotional health of your pet will improve as a side effect of getting them altered. Reducing hormonal impulses may have an unanticipated, beneficial consequence. The frequency of destructive actions such as digging, chewing, and running away may decrease. Beyond that, sterilized pets are often more chill than unaltered ones. It would be quite reasonable if Fido and Fluffy started cuddling with you more, too. When they stop impulsively looking for a partner, they will be entirely devoted to you. Truly, you will be the focus of their universe.

Altered Pets Tend Not to Spray

Scheduling the procedure exclusively on the basis of this information may be reason enough. A common method that pets use to mark their territory is by spraying. In most cases, this is no longer necessary for them following surgery because their hormone response has been eliminated. Although some older animals may continue spraying because it is ingrained in their behavior, most pets will cease after surgery.

Yowling is Reduced by Sterilization

We can’t stress how important this is, even if it’s a bonus. Our hearts go out to everybody who has ever listened to a squeaky-cat love ballad. Fluffy enjoys flaunting her single status in a way that has nothing to do with music. Some cats probably enjoy their ballad, but most of us are glad they didn’t have us listen to their hideous screeches.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Will My Pet Feel Better After Getting Spayed or Neutered?

In most cases, a pet will need between 3 and 5 days to recover following surgery. The whole healing process, however, usually takes about 10 to14 days. While your pet is healing, it’s important that they don’t do too much. Until your vet gives you the OK, you shouldn’t urge your pet to run, jump, or play hard.

What Steps Can I Take to Assist My Pet in Recuperating Following Surgery?

For further information on what to do after your vet visit, contact your local animal hospital. They will usually be able to give you a booklet or a single-sheet printout with all of their suggestions in it. Before you put the instructions into action, read them thoroughly. In order for your pet to fully recover, their treatment plan may include pain medication and dietary adjustments.

Aside from that, all your pet really needs is a comfy, clean place to sleep. If you haven’t already considered it, it would be a great investment to purchase a new dog bed right now. To ensure their comfort while you restrict their movement, it may be necessary. All you need is a puppy play pen, kennel, crate, or even a carrier to limit their exercise during recovery.

How Can I Support My Pet’s Healing Following a Spay or Neuter?

Staying vigilant and allowing your pet some downtime should be your top priority. So they don’t rip out their stitches, you should monitor them closely. An Elizabethan collar—also known as a lampshade, e-collar, or cone of shame—or an inflated ring collar may be suggested by your veterinarian to keep them from messing with their stitches.

Pay particular attention to the area where the incision was made. Be on the lookout for redness, swelling, unpleasant smells, heat, bleeding, pus, or any other changes that could indicate problems. Additional symptoms include quivering, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and trouble breathing. While some drowsiness and exhaustion are normal responses to the stress of the surgery, severe lethargy requires veterinary attention. No need to fret if they’re still a bit drowsy upon arrival at your house; however, they shouldn’t be entirely lethargic following the first day. If you notice anything that doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to call your clinic.

What Is the Average Spay/Neuter Cost?

How much it will cost is going to be area dependent. Size, age, and health are among factors that could affect the rates. Nevertheless, this approach is consistently more cost-effective than dealing with preventable health problems or the expenses associated with caring for a litter. 

Do you need to schedule their surgery? Give us a call at Clearview Veterinary Hospital in Metairie, LA and we can add you to our books ASAP.