Spay and Neuter Services from our Citrus Heights Veterinarian
When you get a new dog or cat, our Citrus Heights veterinarian will recommend a number of standard procedures to make sure your companion starts off right. One of the first things to be done is to have your pet receive a general health exam and vaccinations for the most common contagious diseases. Then, after a few months, it is recommended that you have your pet spayed or neutered. Since this involves an operation, you may have questions about the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet. Our experienced Citrus Heights veterinarian recommends spaying and neutering pets for a variety of overall health reasons.
- Permanently prevents pregnancy and the resulting unwanted puppies or kittens
- Eliminates the risk of uterine cancer
- Eliminates the risk of infections of the uterus
- Reduces the risk of breast cancer, especially when done early
- Reduces mate-seeking behavior (some intact females roam as much as males)
- Eliminates the chance of the male causing unwanted pregnancies
- Helps to reduce pet overpopulation
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
- Reduces the risk of prostate problems
- Reduces the risk of certain other cancers
- Reduces aggression
- Eliminates or reduces marking with urine
- Reduces roaming
Both spaying and neutering are known for improving the temperament of a pet, stopping unwanted behaviors related to sex hormones, and eliminating the crying that some female animals do during their estrus cycles.
When Can I Have my Dog or Cat Spayed or Neutered?
Spaying and neutering can often be done starting when the animal is just a couple of months old, and it is recommended to go ahead with the procedure at that time. However, it is never too late to have it done, so if the pet is an older one, there is no need to avoid spaying or neutering at that time.
Myths About Spaying and Neutering
There are two main myths that are often heard from people who mistakenly oppose the procedure. One is that a neutered animal will grow to be fat and lazy. In reality, this happens to all pets that do not get enough exercise and are fed improper diets.
The other big myth is that the dog or cat will somehow feel less whole if neutered or spayed. In reality, pets don't feel the need to be "manly" or "feminine" like humans often do. They will not feel incomplete at all.
Contact our Veterinarian in Citrus Heights Today
If you need to visit our spay and neuter clinic, have your pet's dental health checked, get vaccinations for your dog or cat, or see our vet for any other reason, just give us a call here at Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights, CA.
We'll be glad to help your pet stay happy and healthy. Contacts our veterinarian for more information or to schedule an appointment by calling (916) 729-7779.