Why Should You Spay and Neuter Your Pets?

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Animals are not equipped to control their urge to mate and produce litters. They are simply doing what comes naturally to them. However, allowing dogs and cats to breed continuously results in overpopulation of strays and overcrowded shelters. Animals that do not find homes must unfortunately be euthanized. Luckily, this problem can be addressed and improved with spay and neuter services, which Festival Animal Clinic is happy to offer.

Making sure that your pet stays healthy is a big responsibility, but our Centennial doctors are here to help you with your decisions and give you the best information in all areas related to their care.

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Spaying and Neutering Can Prevent Serious Illness

In addition to managing overpopulation, spay and neuter procedures can also make pets healthier. Pets that are not spayed or neutered are more susceptible to cancer and are also prone to less desirable behaviors. Spay and neuter surgeries can:

  • Prevent pyometra (uterine infection) in females
  • Minimize prostate issues in males
  • Prevent breast and ovarian cancer in females
  • Prevent testicular cancer in males
  • Reduce behaviors like marking, spraying, mounting, roaming, and vocalizing
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When to Think About Having Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

While 6 months is the customary age for spaying and neutering pets, current research has shown that this is not ideal for all pets. In fact, some pets may need to be spayed/neutered sooner or later than that timeframe. However, if your pet is healthy and developing properly, they can be spayed/neutered at 6 months. Examining your pet and checking them for underlying issues can help us determine the best date for their surgery.

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Caring for Your Pet After Their Surgery

Pets do not need to be hospitalized for very long following their spay and neuter surgeries. However, they do need to be monitored closely at home to ensure that their healing process is going smoothly.

  • Check your pet’s incision daily for redness, swelling, seepage, and bruising
  • Limit your pet’s activity for the first week—this means no running, jumping, or rough-housing
  • Do not allow your pet’s sutures and incision get wet—no swimming or bathing until the sutures are removed
  • If you notice any problems with your pet’s appearance or behavior, contact us immediately

We’re here to help you with any challenges you encounter during your pet’s recovery. Call (303) 850-9393 so we can assist you!

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