The Importance of Spaying and Neutering Pets

At the end of each episode of The Price Is Right, the former host Bob Barker would always remind the audience to have their pets spayed and neutered. Barker has been a devoted advocate for animals for years, and his daily message to pet owners was an important one. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), spaying and neutering your pet not only helps to control the crisis of homeless pets, but it also has numerous physical and behavioral health benefits for your cat or dog.

If you live in the Nashville area, 5 Points Animal Hospital has a state-of-the-art surgical suite where our veterinary staff performs routine spays, neuters, and other types of medical procedures. You can rest easy knowing we use the most advanced methods of pain management and surgical technologies on your cat or dog during the entire time he is in our care. We would like to tell you more about why it is so important to have your pets spayed and neutered.

MEDICAL ADVANTAGES

If your cat or dog is a female, having her spayed will give you more time to spend with her. According to the ASPCA, spaying prevents uterine infections and reduces malignant and cancerous breast tumors in 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats, particularly if the procedure is done before the first heat of the animal. The health of male dogs and cats also benefits from being neutered. These pets will avoid suffering from testicular cancer and prostate issues.

BEHAVIORAL ADVANTAGES

Having your pet spayed or neutered also has several behavioral health benefits, especially for males. Neutered male dogs and cats are much less likely to mark their territory all over your home by spraying urine with a very strong and unpleasant odor. Male pets that have been neutered are also not as likely to run away from home. An intact male dog or cat will do anything to go out and find a mate, and this can create risks of becoming injured in traffic or fights with other animals, You can also avoid aggression problems by having your male dog neutered early. This can help to reduce your male dog mounting other dogs, people, and inanimate objects. Spaying your female pet also helps with behavioral problems. While cycles vary, the average female cat typically goes into heat for three to five days every three weeks when it is breeding season. Not only do female cats in heat spray urine frequently to advertise for a mate, but they can also yowl loudly and repeatedly. Having them spayed will reduce this monthly annoyance with your female pet.

Protect the health of your pet while helping to control the number of homeless cats and dogs. Contact us today at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment to have your cat or dog spayed or neutered.

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