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Why Spay Or Neuter Your Pet?

Why Spay Or Neuter Your Pet?

Everyone knows that spaying and neutering are important steps to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Millions of unwanted dogs are euthanized in shelters every day. Dog breeding is best left to people who know and understand breeding and whose purpose is to improve the breed. Did you know there are other added health benefits to spaying and neutering?

If you have a female dog, the best time to spay her is before she is six months of age. Spaying a dog before ever coming into heat:

Prevents breast cancer. Dogs spayed before ever going into heat have almost a zero percent chance of developing cancer. Each heat cycle they experience exposes them to the hormones that cause this type of cancer to develop and increases the likelihood they may contract this common type of cancer later in life.

Prevents pyometra. This is a life-threatening emergency condition that occurs in female dogs who have not been spayed. The uterus becomes infected and fills with pus. This requires emergency surgery to try and save the dog and can be very costly.

Prevents unwanted pregnancies. If you have a male dog, neutering can help reduce aggressive tendencies towards other dogs from developing. Neutering before six months of age can also reduce marking tendencies.

Prostate enlargement. As unneutered male dogs age their prostates tend to become enlarged and can cause difficulty urinating and defecating.

Testicular cancer and testicular torsion do not occur in neutered male dogs.

At Parktown, we recommend that all dogs and cats be spayed and neutered by six months of age. For pricing on this important service or if you have other questions, please let us know!