Getting a pet means that you are gaining a furry friend and loyal companion for many years down the road. When you bring home your pet, you probably are more likely to think about toys and playing with your pet rather than think about beneficial surgeries. Here at Plaza Veterinary Hospital, we want to impress upon you that the need to spay your pet is a serious one and is best done when they are young. While there are many advantages to spaying your pet, here are just a few for you to consider.
- Eliminates risk of accidental litters. Unless you are planning to breed your puppy or cat later in life, you should spay your pet before their first heat. This will eliminate the risk of young pets having unplanned litters.
- Avoids the mess of pets in heat. While there are some differences between breeds and animals, on average you can expect your pet to be in heat 1-2 times per year for about three weeks every time. During this time, you’ll need to figure out how to contain the mess with sanitary pads or other methods. This process lasts their lifetime, not just until they reach a certain age. When you spay your pet, you eliminate this issue.
- Relatively quick surgery. While the surgery to spay your pet is more complex than neutering your pet, it is still relatively quick and a recovery that they can complete mostly from home.
- Eliminates risk of certain diseases. When you spay your pet, you are able to eliminate risks from mammary cancers and an infection of the uterus called pyometra.
To learn more about the advantages of spaying your pet, please talk with us here at Plaza Veterinary Hospital.