Spaying or neutering your pet is a responsible way to help control the pet population. It also has health benefits for your pet, including a reduced risk of certain types of cancer. At Animal Health Center of Land O' Lakes in Land O' Lakes, our veterinarians are committed to helping pet owners make the best decisions for their pets. Here are some frequently asked questions about spaying and neutering.
What are Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying is the removal of a female animal's reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus. This surgical procedure is also called "ovariohysterectomy." Neutering is the removal of a male animal's testicles. These procedures are usually performed when animals are between 4 and 6 months old but can be done at any age.
What are the Benefits of Spaying or Neutering my Pet?
There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pet, including:
- Reduced risk of certain types of cancer
- Increased life expectancy
- Elimination of heat cycles in females (and the accompanying behavioral changes)
- Decreased risk of roaming and fighting
When Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?
The best time to spay or neuter your pet is before the first heat cycle for females or 6 months of age for males. This will minimize the risk of your pet developing certain types of cancer. However, these procedures can be done at any age.
What are the Risks Associated with Spaying or Neutering?
There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, but they are typically minor. Complications from spaying or neutering are rare but can include bleeding, infection, and reactions to the anesthesia. It's important to discuss the risks with your veterinarian before the procedure.
Call Our Veterinarians to Schedule an Appointment
If you have questions about spaying or neutering or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Animal Health Center of Land O' Lakes in Land O' Lakes, FL. Call our team today at (813) 996-3800 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.