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Spay and neuter surgeries are elective procedures that our veterinarian in Portland highly recommends for a number of important health and wellness reasons. Naturally, having pets sterilized helps reduce the ongoing problem of cat and dog overpopulation on the streets. It also reduces the number of tragic endings that many of these animals meet when overcrowded shelters are no longer able to care for them. In addition to helping the community, having your pet spayed or neutered at our vet hospital also brings great benefits to your pet and your whole family.
Spay and neuter surgeries prevent pets from getting pregnant or impregnating other pets. Spay surgery refers to the operation in which a female pet’s uterus and ovaries are removed, while neutering a male pet involves removing his testicles. Although we perform hundreds of these routine surgeries at Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital in Portland each year, our veterinarian treats each pet with compassion, individuality and with the highest surgical standards available. And when these surgeries are performed on puppies and kittens around 8 weeks (before they reach reproductive maturity), there are rarely any complications and they heal much faster.
Spayed and neutered pets live longer and enjoy better health than pets that are not fixed. For instance, neither male nor female pets that are fixed will have a chance of contracting any reproductive cancers once their reproductive organs are gone. Spayed females never need to suffer the health complications of pregnancy or the common and deadly uterine infections faced by intact females. This is also a benefit for the families of spayed pets, as well as the entire community. Spay surgery also costs much less than what it costs (in time and finances) to responsibly fulfill all of the care needs of a surprise litter of puppies or kittens.
As for neutered males, they also enjoy many and varied benefits from being fixed. Unneutered males are frequently more aggressive, distracted and prone to escaping their yards or homes to roam in search of females in heat. This can get them into trouble in many ways. Some males get into fights with other males or run out into traffic without thinking and get hit by cars to satisfy their hormonal urges. Some can become aggressive to their human family members or other pets. Having a male pet neutered calms him down, drastically reduces his desire to spray, mark and roam; it helps him concentrate better on training so that he can integrate more smoothly into the rest of the family.
Choosing to have your pet spayed or neutered benefits both you and your pet. If you have any questions about spay and neuter surgeries, or would like to learn more about any pet health concern, contact our vet hospital today!
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