Spay and Neuter in Matthews, NC A Healthier Start for Pets

Putting your new pet through surgery may sound like the last thing you want to do, but the truth is that spay and neuter surgery is one of the most important for your new furry pal. This procedure boasts many health benefits and can even help curb undesirable behaviors. Plus, advancements in veterinary medicine have made this surgery safer than ever before. at Austin Village Pet Hospital, our team is dedicated to the health of your pet and the entire pet community, so we highly recommend this surgery for every puppy and kitten.

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Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Spay and neuter surgery offers several benefits including:

  • Spayed female cats and dogs no longer go through heat cycles
  • Neutered male dogs and cats are less likely to exhibit urine marking, mounting, and aggressive behaviors
  • Spayed females and neutered males are less likely to attempt escape (usually in pursuit of a mate)
  • Females have a significantly reduced risk of mammary gland tumors if spayed before their first heat cycle
  • Neutered males are less likely to develop prostate problems and are no longer at risk of developing testicular cancer
  • Spayed females have no risk of developing uterine or ovarian cancers

Revealing the Truth Behind Spay and Neuter Myths

Despite the fact that spay and neuter surgeries have been around for a long time and their benefits are clear, there are still quite a few myths out there that can steer well-intentioned pet parents away from having their dog or cat spayed/neutered. We’re here to put them to rest once and for all.

Myth 1 – My pet will gain weight after surgery.

While your pet’s metabolism will slow down with age, it is not caused by spay/neuter surgery. Instead, weight gain is caused by eating too much and not exercising! As long as you keep your pet on a healthy diet and ensure they get plenty of exercise, they shouldn’t gain any weight.

Myth 2 – Spay and neuter surgery is too expensive.

The costs of spay and neuter surgery cover a lot of the precautions we take to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout surgery and their recovery. Plus, surgery is a one-time cost! Compare that with taking care of an unexpected litter. You need to keep the mom healthy, make sure the little ones are vaccinated and dewormed, ensure everyone has food, and more!

Myth 3 – My female is missing out if she doesn’t have a litter.

Trust us, she’s not missing much. In fact, females are significantly less likely to develop mammary gland tumors later in life if they are spayed before their first heat cycle. Mammary gland tumors are often malignant and are very difficult, if not impossible, to treat. Spaying your female is healthier for her!

Myth 4 – My pet’s personality will change.

While spay and neuter surgery does cause some behavioral changes, it does not affect your pet’s personality. Your pet may stop urine-marking and might be calmer around other dogs or cats, but their delightful personality will remain intact!