Pet Neutering Benefits Are A Plus9 min read
PET NEUTERING BENEFITS
I talked about pet neutering all the time in practice and I was always amazed that very few people knew about the TRUE benefits of neutering a dog or cat. First, some terminology we need to get under our belts. Neutering is a general term that is used for both males and females. A neutered pet is a male or female dog or cat that is unable to reproduce. Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is the term used when referring to female animals. Castration (orchidectomy) is the term used when referring to male animals.
Many wives tales have been passed from generation to generation. The biggest one is that is better to let the female go through one heat cycle (with or without getting pregnant) than to spay her at 5-6 months of age. That is dead wrong! Spaying the dog at 6 months means zero chance of developing breast cancer in her older age. One estrous cycle increases that risk by 8%. Yes, a female dog or cat can have puppies or kittens at 8 months (6 months till sexual maturity plus a 2 month pregnancy) of age but the pelvis is immature. This means a smaller birth canal and a higher risk for the need of a cesarean section.
The benefits of pet neutering are major for both male and female dogs and cats. They say a picture or a diagram is worth a 1000 words. An interactive display panel will clue you in on the most important pet neutering benefits!
NEUTERING OLDER ANIMALS
Most of this article has been directed towards younger dogs and cats. Pet neutering also is important for the health of breeding dogs and cats. Once these dogs or cats reach about 4-5 years of age, they all should be neutered to prevent the development of the diseases and conditions that were brought up earlier. I would usually neuter any dog or cat of any age as long as the dog or cat was a good anesthetic risk and the owners allowed a complete senior lab workup to be performed. Even at an older age, most animals benefit from the procedure.