Everything You Need To Know About Neutering Your Pets

 

If you are unsure about spaying or neutering your pet, then you need to read ahead. Medical benefits to behavioral benefits for your beloved pet are listed. If you have pets, you have contemplated getting them spayed or neutered. But you are not sure whether it is the right thing to do or not. 

Female pets are bound to go into ‘heat’. This is the breeding season for the animals. The female will inevitably attract male animals as her scent will be stronger at this time. This is expensive and time-consuming and will require a lot of energy if the female has a litter. There will be several veterinary visits for the mother-to-be. Delivery can sometimes be difficult and result in the loss of either the mother or the newborns. Either loss will be traumatic. Taking care of the newborns will also require the attention of a vet and other expenses. It is not always possible to keep all the babies with the mother. Finding a good and loving home for them can be very difficult. Hence, spaying and neutering your pets will avoid such breeding complications.

Medical Benefits 

Spaying your female pet will ensure a longer and healthier life for her. Spaying prevents uterine infections. It also prevents breast tumors that are cancerous 50% of the time in dogs and 90% of cats’ times. It is best to spay your pet before she goes in her first heat, as it ensures protection from all such diseases. When you neuter your male pet, it prevents testicular cancer and also prostate problems. 

Behavioral Benefits 

Once you spay your pet, she will stop going into heat. When a cat is not spayed, they try to attract a suitable male for breeding by yowling and urinate more than usual. Sometimes, they urinate all over the house. One can imagine how difficult all of this must be. 

Once your pet is neutered, especially a dog, he will try to get away unsupervised from the house less often. An unneutered dog wants to find a mate and is willing to do almost anything. A neutered pet will behave better than an unneutered one. Unneutered pets tend to mark their territory by urinating all over the area. 

When To Spay Or Neuter Your Pet 

Traditionally for dogs, the optimal age of neutering is from six to nine months. You can neuter puppies when they are just eight weeks old if they are healthy. However, older dogs have some post-operative health complications if they are overweight or have some other health problems. 

For cats, it is safe to spay or neuter a kitten of just eight weeks. Animal shelters already perform the surgery when the kittens are of this age to sterilize them before adoption. 

It is best to talk to your veterinarian to decide the right choice for your pet’s surgery to get them spayed or neutered. 

Post-Surgical Care 

Your veterinarian will tell you everything there is to know for pre and post-surgical care. After the surgery, your pet might experience discomfort, and for that, your veterinarian will provide pain medication accordingly. Once your pet comes home, make a quiet space for them to recover away from the other animals. Make sure your pet does not run or jump around for two weeks after the surgery or for however long the veterinarian has recommended. It is essential to stop your pet from licking or touching the incision site as it might cause infections. You can distract your pet by giving treats, pets, or using a cone. Avoid giving a bath to your pet for about ten days after the surgery. 

Check the incision site every day to ensure healing. If there is any sign of redness, swelling, or some discharge at the incision site, immediately contact the veterinarian. If you find that the incision site is open, talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible. Also, look out for signs of lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea. Consult the veterinarian if any of this happens, or you think something is off. Otherwise, spaying and neutering surgeries are relatively simple. They are very beneficial for your pets. There are no harms of getting this surgery done for your pet. It is for their own best