Important reasons to spay or neuter your pet

More than 4 million pets are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year simply because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months old. Help stop this needless loss of life. Please spay or neuter your pet.

Spaying your female dog is the removal of the uterus and ovaries. Optimal age is 4 - 6 months.

Spaying eliminates the risk of:

  • Ovarian and uterine cancer
  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Pyometra, a potentially life-threatening uterine infection

Spaying at an early age offers additional beinefits:

  • If spayed before the first heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1 percent chance of developing breast cancer.
  • If spayed after one heat cycle, your pet has an 8 percent chance of developing breast cancer.
  • If spayed after two heat cycles, the risk increases to 26 percent.
  • After two years, no protective benefit exists.

Pets with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medication.

Neutering your male pet is removal of the testicles and spermatic cord. Optimal age is 4 6 months.

Neutering eliminates or greatly reduces the risk of:

  • Testicular cancer, the second most common tumor in male dogs
  • Prostate abscesses and prostatitis.
  • Perianal tumors
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unwanted pregnancies

Neutering also:

  • Reduces roaming and fighting.
  • Eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before the onset of these behaviors
  • May reduce or eliminate spraying or marking in males neutered after the onset of these behaviors

Common Myths

Spaying or neutering your pet does not:

  • Cause laziness or hyperactivity
  • Reduce its instinct to protect your family and home
  • Cause immature behaviors
  • Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity
  • Alter personality

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For general questions, or to sign up for email reminders for your pet's vaccinations, please feel free to contact us at inquiries@chewelahveterinaryclinic.com.