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Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

Many pet owners opt to have their pets spayed or neutered, which is important in helping to reduce pet overpopulation. A veterinarian can help spay and neuter pets in Huntington Beach, CA, helping pet owners protect the community from overpopulation, which can lead to health risks and other problems having pets wandering the streets. To learn more about the importance of spaying and neutering your pet and to get pet care, call a veterinarian on our veterinary team at Friendly Animal Hospital. 

Importance of spaying and neutering your pet

What Is the Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet? 

Many unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, get euthanized every year because there are too many pets for our communities to provide for. Choosing to spay and neuter pets helps prevent unwanted litters, protect communities against health problems, and reduce the risk of dangerous behavioral issues associated with territorial and mating instincts. 

Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries helps reduce unwanted behaviors due to eliminating their heat cycle. Likewise, removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces their breeding instinct, which reduces their want to roam. Additionally, spaying and neutering pets can help lessen the risk of your pets developing severe health problems later in their lives, such as breast cancer, uterine infections, and prostate problems. 

What Are the Spay and Neuter Options?

Discuss with a veterinarian on our veterinary team the importance of spaying and neutering your pet and the options available. A vet at our animal hospital can discuss which options are best for you, your family, and your pet. Spaying and neutering options may include surgical sterilization, hysterectomy, vasectomy, and nonsurgical sterilization.

What Are the Risks of Spaying and Neutering? 

Though there are many benefits to spaying and neutering pets, there are also some risks, such as risk of infection. There is always a risk associated with anesthesia and the surgical procedure, but overall the chances of complications are low. 

When Do I Take My Pet to Get Spayed or Neutered? 

Speak with a veterinarian at our animal hospital about the best time to spay or neuter your pet. The decision may depend on your pet’s breed, physical health, and age. Though some claim it is best to wait until after a female dog or cat has its first heat cycle, that may not be the best time. 

Get Spay and Neuter and Pet Care from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team

A veterinarian at our animal hospital can discuss the different options for spaying or neutering your pet. Discuss your options with a veterinarian with us at Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach, CA, who can help you decide the best method and when to have the procedure done. Call our office at (714) 845-5722 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian on our veterinary team for spay and neuter and pet care. 

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