Spay and Neuter FAQs and Answers from Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights

One of the most loving things you can do for your cat or dog is take them to get spayed or neutered. It is a simple procedure that can ensure a happier, healthier pup or cat. You will also be happier -- a spayed or neutered animal is more loving and affectionate than one who has not had the procedure.

People always ask us, "Why should I get my pet fixed?" The bottom line is it is perhaps the simplest way you can ensure your pet's long-term health and happiness. Below are answers to some other frequently asked questions that our Citrus Heights veterinarian receives about the procedures.

puppy and kitten sitting next to each other after spay and neuter

Why should I spay my female cat or dog?

    • Spayed cats and dogs live longer and stay healthier.
    • Spaying your female pet eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer, and it significantly reduces the chance of mammary gland tumors.
    • Female cats and dogs who have been spayed will not go into heat. Your female dog's heat cycle (called the estrus cycle) typically lasts six to 12 days, usually twice a year. A female cat will go into heat about three times a year. While in heat, female animals cry incessantly, show nervous behavior and attract unwanted male animals from the neighborhood.

Why should I neuter my male cat or dog?

    • Neutering your male pet eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and reduces the likelihood of developing prostate cancer.
    • Neutering makes cats and dogs less likely to run away from home or roam the neighborhood. There are less chances of lost pets or pets hit by cars.
    • Male pets who are not neutered are more aggressive and are more likely to bite.
    • Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark their territory.

How is it done?

Spaying a female cat or dog means removing their reproductive organs. Male animals are neutered by removing both of their testicals.

How long is the hospital stay?

Your cat or dog will stay in our office following the procedure for a few hours. Depending on their age, size and health they may take a little bit longer to recover, but mostly pets go home the same day. Some pets will need stitches that will be removed after 10 to 14 days.

Spaying and neutering is the most common surgical procedure veterinarians perform.

Will my male cat or dog feel like "less of a man" if I neuter him?

This question comes up often, and we understand the concern owners have of emasculating their young male pet. However, it is important to understand that cats and dogs don't have human conceptions of masculinity or ego. Your pet will not suffer emotionally or have an identity crisis if neutered.

People also worry that their male dog will become less protective as a guard dog if he is neutered. But a dog's personality is shaped primarily by his genetics and his environment than by his sex hormones.

What if I want my cat or dog to have a litter?

Breeding animals is a complex, expensive and extremely time-consuming undertaking. To properly care for a pregnant cat or dog, from conception through delivery, and then to take care of a litter of newborns is not something we recommend as a 'hobby.'

Your pet's offspring has no guarantee of having your pet's best features. Some people love their pets so much they want to breed them and get another one. But, just like humans, each cat or dog is an individual, and undertaking the entire breeding process in the hopes of getting a pet with your cat's or dog's personality is not something we recommended.

What are the risks if I don't spay or neuter my pet?

Your cat or dog will be more aggressive and more likely to roam the neighborhood, looking for a mate. If your female pet becomes pregnant you will be responsible for caring for several puppies orkittens - a far more costly endeavor than the cost of getting your pet spayed or neutered.

Animal shelters are overwhelmed with unwanted cats and dogs already. If your pet becomes pregnant, there is a strong chance many of the offspring will end up in a shelter if not adopted. Un-adopted dogs or cats are put to sleep.

What if my pet is a pure-bred?

One out of every four pet in an animal shelter is a pure bred. Your pet is not responsible for continuing the lineage of his or her breed.

Our professionals at Akaal Pet Hospital are happy to talk through the procedure with you. Regardless of whether you decide to spay or neuter your pet or not, we care for and love all animals, and we support pet parent's right to make the decision that is right for you and your family. Any way, you are the boss to make that decision.

Learn More About Spay and Neuter Services from Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights

Spaying and neutering is beneficial for your pet's over all health. If you have any more questions about spaying and neutering, don't hesitate to call our veterinarians, they'll be happy to answer your question. Contact Akaal Pet Hospital today for more information! (916) 729-7779 


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