Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in Monroeville, PA
Spay and neuter surgery is one of the most important procedures your pet may ever have to undergo. In addition to offering valuable societal benefits, spay and neuter surgery imparts many behavioral and medical benefits for each pet. At Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital in Monroeville, PA, we work with our clients to plan spay or neuter surgery. The best time for the surgery can vary from one pet to the next. Additionally, many of the benefits of spay and neuter surgery are fully realized when done before pets are fully mature. To determine when our patients are ready, we closely consult with owners about their pet’s lifestyle and health history.
By reducing the number of pets breeding, we reduce the number of pets overcrowding our shelters. In turn, more pets will have the chance of being adopted and apart of a loving family. Though both cats and dogs can have multiple litters throughout their life, cats can have significantly more than dogs in just one year. Responsible pet ownership includes having your pet spayed or neutered. If your pet happens to go into heat before they’ve had the chance to be spayed, be prepared to patiently find homes for puppies and kittens.
The chances for many gender-specific medical concerns are reduced after spay or neuter surgery. When you have your female pet spayed, they are less likely to develop ovarian and breast cancers. Females are also at decreased risk of developing uterine infections. Unspayed dogs are susceptible to a life-threatening infection called pyometra later in life. For male pets, they are less likely to develop prostate problems and the chances for testicular cancer is eliminated.
When you have your pet spayed or neutered, you increase their chances of living a healthier life but also a happier one. Mating instincts for in-tact pets are high and they will often roam far and wide looking to breed. Unfortunately, this also makes them more likely to become lost or injured. Furthermore, frustrating behaviors like urine marking and mounting are also reduced or eliminated after spay and neuter surgery. When you and your pet are able to coexist more peacefully, it makes everyone happier. We look forward to advising you on your pet’s care.