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Over 3 million unwanted animals are destroyed each year in shelters and pounds. The best thing you can do to help stop this trend is to have your pet spayed or neutered. At Callfield Companion Animal Clinic we recommend all our pet patients be neutered or spayed unless they show quality animals meant for breeding. Our patient owners have many questions about these procedures. Here are some of the most common:
There's a social benefit from being a responsible pet owner. You won't be responsible for adding to the stray and feral population in your community. Your city and state will also save money because it won't have to spend as much on animal services.
In addition, there's a real health benefit to having your pet sterilized. You remove any chance of your pet getting breast or ovarian cancer, or testicular cancer for male animals. They won't be as likely to roam, so they'll be safer at home. In fact, most sterilized animals live about three years longer than their unsterilized counterparts.
In almost every case, we can recommend that your kitten or puppy be spayed or neutered at six months of age.
These terms both refer to surgeries designed to prevent your pet from reproducing. Whether you have a dog or a cat, the term is the same. Spaying refers to removing the uterus and ovaries in a female animal, while neutering means removing a male animals testis. Both surgeries are common ones, done under general anesthetic in our office.
After recovering from the surgery, your pet will be its same playful self. These procedures don't make pets fat, lazy or slow. Male animals will have less of a desire to wander the neighborhood, and they'll probably be less aggressive, but their friendliness and energy level will remain the same.
During the procedure, your pet will be under general anesthesia, and won't feel a thing. The incision spot will likely be sore and tender for a few days afterward, so you should keep your pet quiet while it heals.
Spay and neuter surgery is not free, but it can be a bargain in the long run. You'll save the cost of caring for litters, plus medical costs that might be incurred with possible future health problems that unsterilized pets can develop.
If you need a veterinarian in Wichita Falls to care for your spay and neuter needs, call our office at (940) 692-7000 to make an appointment.