Why get your pet spayed or neutered?
It is highly recommended that you spay or neuter your dog or cat if you have not done so already. At Akron Animal Clinic we were here to help maintain your pet's health, and this is one of the things we can do for your dog or cat. Often new puppies or kittens need this procedure, and when done on a young animal, it is not hard on them or difficult.
Why is this important
One of the main reasons to have a veterinarian spay or neuter your pet is that it will stop unwanted pregnancies, and keep the population of animals down. There are thousands of unwanted, and homeless, animals in most areas of the country. Much of this could have been avoided. Animals that have this procedure under veterinary care also live longer than those that don't. There are illnesses that are prevented by having this procedure done. Animals that are spayed or neutered are also less aggressive, so they can help with behavioral issues as well. Another benefit is that male dogs will not roam as much if they have been neutered.
How spaying and neutering is done
Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures, but normally do not require a stay in the animal hospital. Spaying is removing a female dog or cat's reproductive organs, which includes ovaries and uterus. For males, it involves removing the testicles and any related structures. While this is a fairly simple procedure, it is something that should be done by a veterinarian to protect the health of your animal. Spaying is a little more invasive and requires more care, so it is more expensive than neutering, but you will save money in the long run by having this done.
Why do it when they are so young
There is a myth, for both dogs and cats, that it is healthy to let females go through a "heat" period, having a litter of puppies or kittens once before doing this procedure. The truth is, the procedure is simpler and safer if done before the animal reaches puberty. For most animals, six to nine months of age is a good age to have this procedure done. It can be done as young as eight weeks.
Come see us
Call the Akron Medical Clinic today at 330.836.0437 to have your animal seen by one of our veterinarians. If you have a new puppy or kitten, it is a good idea to spay or neuter them as soon as possible. We want to help you get off to a good start with your animal. Adopted animals should also have this procedure done if it has not already. Come see us for the best of veterinary care.