Responsible pet owners understand that spaying or neutering their dogs is important and has many medical and behavioral benefits. This surgical procedure prevents females from becoming pregnant and males from having too much testosterone. On top of that, the procedure can also prevent a few serious illnesses, which we’ll detail below.
In America, millions of homeless dogs populate and roam our neighborhoods. Sadly, countless of these adorable animals are euthanized due to overpopulation and lack of suitable homes every day. Let’s go over a few other reasons why spaying and neutering are important.
When Should it be Done?
Like humans, your dog’s body changes with age. Our pet doctors recommend spaying and neutering around six months of age. Their recovery time is shorter if they’re young.
Spaying can prevent female dogs from experiencing serious health issues such as:
- Mammary Tumors (breast cancer)
- Ovarian Tumors
- Cervical Tumors
- Perianal Fistulas
Treating these diseases can be costly, and watching your furry loved one experiencing them is heartbreaking. Avoid this by having your female dog spayed. Spaying also ends the estrus cycle, commonly known as being in “heat”, which can last two to four weeks or so.
“Intact” (non-neutered) dogs tend to be more aggressive and dominating, unless these behaviors are learned or inherited. With so much built-up testosterone, your dog can also experience health problems. Testicular tumors occur in around 7% of intact males but are non-existent in neutered males. Other medical problems that intact males can face include:
- Perianal fistulas
- Prostate disorders
- Issues with urination or bowel movements
Again, these treatments can be costly and emotionally difficult to deal with.
Helping Your Community
An overpopulation of dogs can be hard to deal with. How often have you driven through your neighborhood or city and seen a few strays wandering here and there? Although dogs can be very lovable animals, cities and municipalities have to control their numbers in some way. Tragically, like we mentioned above, many caught strays are euthanized if they’re unable to find a home. By spaying or neutering your dog, you’ll not only be giving them a healthy future, you’ll also be doing your part in controlling the pet population!
Schedule an Appointment
Our veterinarians at Valley Animal Hospital are fully aware of the health benefits that spaying and neutering can bring. If you have a dog that you feel would benefit from this procedure, then bring them by for a physical! Valley Animal Hospital is conveniently located in Pharr, next door to McAllen and easily accessible by our neighbors in San Juan and Alamo. We treat all of our clients’ pets like they’re our own, so know that your pup will be well taken care of and loved by us!