Spaying and Neutering
Did you know that by spaying and neutering your pet, you can lengthen their lifespan? This is just one of the many reasons that we recommend these procedures for all of our canine and feline patients. At Veterinary Clinic of Lubbock, our primary goal is to help pets live long happy, healthy lives. Encouraging our clients to have their pets spayed/neutered is one way we accomplish this goal.
Just as with every other service we offer, we’ll place your pet’s safety at the forefront during surgery. That’s why we use a laser for spay and neuter procedures, which results in less bleeding and swelling as well as faster healing. Consider the following FAQs to learn more about spaying and neutering:
What Are the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?
There are many benefits to having your pet spayed/neutered, including:
- Spaying eliminates heat cycles and associated undesirable behaviors.
- Spaying decreases the risk of ovarian cancers and mammary gland tumors.
- Neutering reduces marking, humping, aggression, and other unwanted behaviors.
- Neutering decreases risk of testicular cancer and prostate problems.
- Spaying/neutering reduces the excess pet population and number of unwanted pets that are euthanized.
- Spaying/neutering helps more shelter pets find loving homes.
- Spaying/neutering eliminates pets’ desire to roam.
When Should I Spay/Neuter My Pet?
According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), dogs and cats can be spayed/neutered as young as 8 weeks of age, as long as they’re healthy. However, the exact age range recommendation varies for each breed. We typically discuss this with pet owners during their pets’ first wellness exam. If your puppy/kitten hasn’t yet had a comprehensive wellness exam, give us a call at 806-792-8387 to schedule an appointment.
Will My Pet Gain Weight After Being Spayed/Neutered?
Some pets do gain weight after being spayed or neutered, due to a decrease in metabolism. If this is the case for your pet, we recommend that you create additional exercise opportunities for them. This can include more frequent walks for your dog, more vertical space for your cat, and more interactive toys for both. Of course, you’ll want to monitor their diet and caloric intake as well.
Ready to schedule your pet’s spay/neuter procedure? Let us know! We look forward to seeing you both!