What is spaying? What is neutering?
Spaying is the surgical removal of a female’s ovaries and uterus, while neutering is the removal of a male’s testicles. While both operations are conducted routinely with few complications, only licensed veterinarians are allowed to perform them.
Before surgery, a veterinarian may carry out a complete physical examination of your pet by their appointment and may recommend a blood draw of his blood for analysis prior to their appointment if there are any noted health issues. To minimize pain and discomfort, both spaying and neutering are conducted while your pet is under general anesthesia. Following surgery, a veterinarian will instruct you on how to care for your dog while they are recovering. Most animals are back to normal within a few days. The surgery site usually heals within two weeks and any skin stitches used are removed at a follow-up appointment with your vet unless they are dissolvable like the ones we use here at FMAS.
Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
Spaying or neutering pets prevents unwanted births, which means that fewer pets end up in our nation’s shelters. When you have your pet spayed or neutered, you are doing your part to reduce the number of animals abandoned in shelters or living on the streets simply because they don’t have a safe place to live.
Will my pet’s personality change?
One benefit is that spaying or neutering reduces or eliminates sexual behaviors in cats that people generally consider a nuisance. In most male cats, regardless of their age when neutered, neutering reduces roaming, urine spraying, and fights with neighborhood cats. The plaintive howling of female cats in the heat is eliminated. Overall, cats who are sexually intact are at greater risk of being relinquished to a shelter. Sexual behavior in both male and female dogs is reduced following surgery. Neutering male dogs reduces mounting and the urge to roam. In female dogs, the inconvenient “heat” cycle, with its messy, bloody discharge, is eliminated. Spaying or neutering eliminates or greatly reduces the development of mammary tumors in females and reproductive organ tumors in both sexes.
Other than the previously mentioned behavior changes, spaying or neutering your cat is unlikely to change his or her basic personality, though male cats may become more docile following neutering. Cats’ playfulness and general levels of activity, excitement, and vocalization do not typically change following spay/neuter surgery. Spaying or neutering your dog is unlikely to change his or her basic personality. A dog’s playfulness, and general levels of activity and excitement, do not typically change. Your dog will continue to interact with your family in the same manner as he/she did before surgery. It’s possible that your pet will gain weight, but weight gain can be prevented by proper diet and sufficient exercise.
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