Spay and Neuter Procedures for Dogs & Cats in Northfield, OH
Spay and neuter surgery does more than prevent unwanted litters. It can help your pet live longer, by preventing serious reproductive diseases from developing later in life. Furthermore, the surgery curbs stray overpopulation, thereby giving current shelter pets a better chance at being adopted. At Northfield Veterinary Hospital, we’ll discuss your pet’s surgery with you and determine the best time for their spay/neuter procedure.
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The Benefits of Spay/Neuter Surgery
Spays and neuters help cats and dogs in a variety of different ways, including:
- Reducing pet overpopulation – Unwanted litters often end up in shelters, on the street, and some are even euthanized due to shelter overcrowding. With consistent spaying and neutering of pets, we can actively help curb pet overpopulation and even save pet lives.
- Behavioral benefits – Spaying and neutering your pet helps mitigate some unwanted behaviors that could put your pet in harm’s way. Behavior changes include less escape attempts to roam and find a mate, no more frustrating heat cycles for females, and reduced mounting and urine-spraying behaviors for males.
- Medical benefits – The medical benefits gained from a spay/neuter surgery could give you more happy years with your pet. They include a reduced risk in mammary gland tumors and prostate problems, and an eliminated risk of uterine, ovarian, and cervical cancer in females and testicular cancer in males.
Busting Spay/Neuter Myths
The internet has a lot of misinformation on spay/neuter surgeries, so we’re here to break down some myths.
Myth 1 – My pet will gain weight after surgery.
Surgery can slow their metabolism a bit, but the biggest contributor to weight gain is eating too much and exercising too little! With a healthy diet and regular exercise, your pet won’t gain weight.
Myth 2 – The surgery is too expensive.
The cost of spay/neuter surgery is a one-time cost that includes the necessary protocols to keep your pet safe. Meanwhile, an unexpected litter results in medical costs for the mother as well as checkups, vaccinations, deworming, bedding, and more for the litter.
Myth 3 – My female pet will be missing out if she doesn’t have at least one litter.
She’s not missing much! Female cats and dogs are actually worse off if they’re allowed to go through even just one heat cycle in an attempt to get pregnant. Spaying a female before her first heat cycle significantly reduces her chances of developing mammary gland tumors later in life, which are often malignant and difficult, if not impossible to treat.
Myth 4 – My pet’s personality will change.
Your pet will have some behavior changes—many of which will be quite welcome, such as no more urine-spraying—but their personality will remain the same. After surgery, your pet will still be their sweet, energetic little selves.