New pet owners have all kinds of decisions to make concerning the health and welfare of their pets. A major decision is whether to spay or neuter their pets. If you are undecided on the matter, consider the following frequently asked questions that our veterinarians at South Federal Animal Hospital run into regarding this topic. If you are a new pet owner and live in or around Fort Lauderdale, we hope to meet you and your new furry friend soon!
What are spay and neuter surgeries?
Spay and neuter surgeries sterilize your dog or cat to prevent unwanted pregnancies. They are the most effective means of birth control to keep a male pet from impregnating a female and a female pet from becoming pregnant. Female pets are spayed while male pets are neutered.
Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
There are numerous benefits to spay and neuter surgeries. Here are just a few:
Preventing unplanned pregnancies and litters: If you are not breeding your pet, having your female pet spayed eliminates the risk of a surprise pregnancy and unplanned litter. You can save yourself the expense of caring for a pregnant pet and her litter by having her fixed before her first heat.
Reducing the pet population in your community: Unwanted animal babies are often abandoned or given to animal shelters that are already overcrowded. Pets who aren’t adopted after a certain time are put down. By having your veterinarian fix your pet, you can help save animal lives.
Better health and behavior: Fixed pets enjoy better health since spay and neuter surgeries eliminate the risk of your pet developing reproductive tumors, certain infections, and cancers. Fixed animals are also less aggressive and will not display the unwanted behaviors often associated with the heat cycle. Your pet is also unlikely to roam in search of a mate.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
Puppies and kittens can be spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks of age. Traditionally, however, dogs are fixed around six months of age or older. After a comprehensive wellness exam, your veterinarian can recommend a good time to have this surgery done, as this decision varies depending on each individual pet.
Will spaying or neutering my pet alter its personality?
Spay and neuter surgeries will not alter your pet’s personality or your pet’s love and devotion to you as its owner. In fact, you may find your male dog more loving and congenial after his surgery, as the procedure reduces the level of testosterone in his system, which prompts aggressive behavior.
Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered in Fort Lauderdale, FL
To schedule a consultation for spay or neuter surgery, please make an appointment by contacting our team today at (954) 523-8527 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.