Spay and Neuter Offer Many More Pros than Cons

Your pet’s natural ability to reproduce is a surprisingly negative factor not only for them, but for the pet community. More unwanted litters end up in shelters than there is space to hold them. Overpopulation results in unfortunate euthanasia to perfectly healthy pets. Spay and neuter surgery plays an important role in quelling this trend. Not to mention as well that the surgery has health and behavioral benefits for your pet, too! Our Merritt Island, Viera, and Cocoa Beach locations all offer this beneficial surgery for your pet, so you are not far from giving your pet a better-quality life!

Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Do you want to give your pet the best chance at a long, happy, and healthful life? Spay and neuter surgery is one step toward that goal. The procedure provides a number of benefits for your pet’s health including both medical and behavioral changes.

Spay and Neuter Surgery in Brevard: Vet Holding a Poodle

Female Benefits:

  • Less inclination to roam for a mate
  • Reduced urine marking and spraying behavior
  • No heat cycles, so cats will not get so flustered and dogs will not bleed
  • Reduces risk for mammary gland tumors
  • Eliminates risk of ovarian or uterine cancers
  • Removes risk of uterine infections

Male Benefits:

  • Less inclination to roam for a mate
  • Decreases aggression
  • Reduced urine marking and spraying behavior
  • Eliminates risk of testicular cancer
  • Reduces risk of prostate problems
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Cat Recovers From Spay and Neuter Surgery in Brevard

When to Perform the Surgery

Conventional veterinary medicine has long held that 6 months of age is a good standard to keep for a spay and neuter surgery. However, recent evidence suggests that for some breeds, a later surgery could be more beneficial. Our rule of thumb is to spay or neuter any pet that will be under 30lbs as an adult at 6 months of age. For any pet (usually larger breed dogs) that will be heavier than 30lbs as an adult should be sterilized at 1 year of age. Please keep in mind, however, that waiting until 1 year of age does present a limited risk of unexpected breeding resulting in an unwanted litter of puppies. Schedule a consultation appointment today to establish a timely surgery date for your pet. Each one is different, so we will suggest what we think is best for your individual companion!

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