Common Questions About Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Sep 14, 2018 | Preventive Care

There are lots of reasons to spay or neuter your pet. Not only does spaying and neutering limit the homeless pet population, but the procedures have many health benefits that can lead to a longer and healthier life. If you have any questions or concerns about spaying or neutering, talk with your vet. It’s an important topic to address when your pet is young or newly adopted.

When it comes to spaying and neutering, pet owners typically have several questions, including these:

What exactly is spaying or neutering?

A female animal is spayed, and a male animal is neutered. The procedure involves removing the reproductive organs of your pet, which guarantees that your pet cannot produce offspring.

Will the procedure hurt my pet?

Don’t worry. We use anesthesia, so your pet will not feel any pain. Keep in mind there is a recovery process that can last several days. Your pet’s recovery depends on age and overall health. Many pets do not require an overnight stay and go home the day of the procedure. Once healed, your pet will be just fine.

Is spaying or neutering expensive?

While there is a fee for spaying or neutering, there are countless benefits that make the cost extremely worthwhile. Not only can spaying or neutering benefit your pet’s overall health, but it eliminates the chance of an unwanted/unexpected litter. While puppies and kittens are cute, they require food, shots, and lots of time-consuming attention.

Can’t I give my pet’s unexpected litter to the local animal shelter?

There are animal shelters that accept unwanted pets, but those shelters are often underfunded and overpopulated. Many animal shelters euthanize pets that are not adopted quickly.

Are there any health benefits to spaying and neutering?

Absolutely. Spaying or neutering reduces several health risks – including the potential for a complicated pregnancy in female cats and dogs. The procedure also eliminates the chance of tumors, cancer, or other ailments that affect the reproductive organs in both female and male animals.

I recently adopted an adult pet. Is spaying or neutering still important?

Pets of any age benefit from spaying or neutering. If you adopt an older pet, it’s vital to talk with your vet about the many advantages of the procedure including health benefits and reducing the potential for an unplanned litter.

Is spaying or neutering humane?

Spaying or neutering your pet is a thoughtful act of kindness. Rest assured that your pet will not miss its reproductive organs. And, the procedure has the potential for improving your pet’s overall quality of life.

Is it true that spaying and neutering will cause my pet to gain weight?

The most common cause of an overweight pet is over-eating and inadequate exercise. Spaying or neutering does not affect an animal’s desire to walk, run, or play!

The doctors at Tustin Legacy Animal Hospital welcome any questions you have about spaying and neutering. Making educated decisions about your pet’s well-being is essential. We are happy to discuss with you the optimal time to spay or neuter your pet based on your pet’s stage of life, size and weight, and overall health. Schedule a consultation today!