Spay & Neuter Surgery in Portage, IN
If you’ve welcomed a new puppy or kitten into your home, one of the most important considerations is whether or not you’ll spay or neuter them. Spaying and neutering is a routine surgery that boasts a lot of benefits for your pet’s health. At Coyne Veterinary Center, we’ll work closely with you to decide if a spay and neuter surgery is the right choice for your pet. If you’re thinking about breeding your pet, we also offer comprehensive reproductive services.
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The Benefits of Spays and Neuters
Spay and neuter surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed, and rightly so—it offers significant benefits to cats and dogs! Here are some of the benefits to think about when considering if spay/neuter surgery is right for your pet:
The hormones produced by your pet’s reproductive organs can often do more harm than good. They’re responsible for sometimes causing some serious illnesses later in life. With spay and neuter surgery, the following risks can be significantly reduced or even eliminated:
- Pyometra, a serious uterine infection in females
- Prostate problems in males
- Uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers in females
- Testicular cancer in males
Without spay and neuter surgery, your pet’s reproductive hormones will cause them to exhibit behaviors that aren’t desirable. Surgery can curb or eliminate the following:
- The desire to roam to find a mate (which could put your pet in harm’s way)
- Aggression in males
- Heat cycles in females (which is often frustrating and messy for her—and you!)
- Urine marking and mounting behaviors in males
- Mammary gland tumors in females
Helps Curb Pet Overpopulation
One of the biggest contributors to pet overpopulation is unwanted pregnancies. All too often, shelters are at capacity and have to make the hard decision to euthanize otherwise healthy pets. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can help reduce the number of homeless, and thereby save lives and give current shelters a better chance at being adopted.
The Timeline for Surgery
Typically, we recommend spays and neuters at about 6 months of age. However, this timeline can shift due to your pet’s breed, gender, and health. For instance, female kittens and puppies can be spayed sooner than 6 months if they are at a healthy weight. Spaying before their first heat cycle (which can happen as early as 4 months) gives them a significantly further reduced risk of developing mammary gland tumors later in life, a condition that is often fatal. On the other hand, some large breed dogs benefit from a later surgery at about one year of age because their reproductive hormones help to control their growth rate. Your veterinarian will work closely with you and your pet to determine the proper time for spay and neuter surgery.