Health Benefits of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet

Has your pet been spayed/neutered? Both of these terms refer to the removal of the reproductive organs so that your pet can no longer become pregnant or impregnate another. Some owners dislike the thought of putting their furbaby through an elective surgical procedure. However, veterinary experts agree that the benefits of spaying/neutering our animals far outweigh any risks that may be involved. The greatest advantages directly impact the health and wellbeing of our pets.


Here are some of the main health benefits associated with having your pet spayed/neutered.


Eliminated or reduced risk of specific cancers

Cancer isn’t limited to only affecting humans. In fact, some cancers are pretty much just as common in household pets as in their owners, and the effects are equally as devastating. The mortality rate of many cancers in pets is high, mainly due to late diagnosis. This is because pets tend to mask signs of illness until they become so severe that they no longer can. Spaying/neutering can eliminate the risk of ovarian and testicular cancers. It can also significantly reduce the risk of uterine cancer, and breast cancer, which is fatal in around 90% of cats and 50% of dogs. This means that spaying/neutering your pet really could help them to live a longer and healthier life.


Elimination of uterine infections

Uterine infections are another serious problem facing many pets. Pyometra is a very serious womb infection that is common in unneutered female dogs. It occurs when the womb becomes infected and fills with pus. Without very prompt treatment, your pet will likely develop kidney failure, toxemia, and dehydration and this can cause the condition to prove fatal. The only solution for pyometra is emergency removal of the womb. Fortunately, spaying can eliminate the risk of pyometra and other many uterine problems before your pet suffers from them unnecessarily.


No risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnancy and birth may be the most natural thing in the world, but there is always some degree of risk involved. Pet pregnancies and birth are no exception. Complications are very common, particularly since the entire pregnancy process is much faster in our animals. Cats and dogs are typically only pregnant for around two months, meaning that the changes to their body are rapid. This also means that it is essential that any problems are detected and acted upon very quickly too. Some of the most common pregnancy complications in pets include:

-       Pre-eclampsia

-       Gestational diabetes

-       Mastitis

-       Retained placenta after birth

These complications can be life-threatening for both mother and babies. When you choose to spay your female, you can prevent her from becoming pregnant and being at risk of the complications associated with pregnancy and birth. In choosing to neuter your male, you can prevent the life of any local females being compromised by pregnancy and birth. You will also be playing an important role in reducing overpopulation.


For more information about the health benefits of spaying/neutering your pet, or to schedule an appointment for your furbaby, please contact our veterinary hospital today.