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Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

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Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

With the growing number of unwanted pets across the nation, it’s easy to see how important it is to spay & neuter your pet. As a responsible pet owner, have your cat or dog spayed or neutered is one of the single most important decisions you can make. Whether you have a new kitten or puppy or have adopted an older pet and you live in Baltimore, you can get information on spaying and neutering at The Village Pet by contacting your veterinarian.

What is Spaying and Neutering?

A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal’s reproductive organs so she can’t become pregnant. Neutering involves the surgical removal of a male animal’s testicles so he can’t impregnate a female. An animal that has been fixed has been spayed or neutered.

When to Spay & Neuter?

Puppies and kittens as young as eight weeks old can be spayed and neutered as long as they are healthy. Many vets recommend waiting until a dog goes into their first heat before spaying, especially in larger breeds. For cats, neutering early can eliminate some behavior issues such as spraying inside.

Health Benefits

Spaying and neutering offer a wealth of health benefits. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and can reduce the likelihood of breast tumors and cancer. Neutering can help prevent testicular cancer and some prostate problems. In male dogs, neutering may help reduce aggression. Pets who have been spayed or neutered are also less likely to roam, which reduces the chances of being hit by a car or getting lost. Contrary to popular belief, spaying and neutering will not make your pet fat. Lack of exercise and overfeeding is the most common reason your pet will pack on the pounds.

Call The Village Vet Today!

If you live in the Baltimore area and need more information on spaying and neutering, contact your veterinarian at The Village Vet at (410) 367-8111 to schedule an appointment.