Spay and Neuter Surgery at Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital
There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pet. Not only does it reduce the homeless pet population, but it helps protect your pet’s health. It is one of the best things you can do to prolong your pet’s life. At Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital in Charlotte, NC, we are dedicated to providing pets the care they need to live long and healthy lives.
What Is Spay or Neutering?
To spay a pet is to give a female pet a total hysterectomy, making her unable to have babies. To neuter a pet is to remove the testicles of a male animal, rendering him sterile. Both of these operations need to be done under anesthesia. A veterinarian can safely perform these surgeries on pets of any age. However, we recommend your puppy or kitten is spayed or neutered as soon as they are healthy enough for the procedure.
According to a major study of over 77,000 dogs and cats done by the University of Georgia, spayed dogs lived 26.3 percent longer than intact dogs. Male dogs liked 13.8 percent longer. Female cats lived 39 percent longer, and neutered cats lived 62 percent longer. Other studies have backed up these findings.
One of the reasons why neutered pets live longer is that they are no longer at risk of developing reproductive organ cancers. Male cats and dogs are prone to testicular and prostate cancers. Female dogs and cats are also prone to uterine infections that can prove lethal. Spaying your pet eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer. In addition, spaying a puppy before her first heat cycle reduces her chance of getting breast cancer by over 90 percent.
A major killer of pets is getting hit by traffic. The mating instinct forces pets to roam, crossing dangerous roads to find mates. Spaying and neutering reduce this urge to escape and roam. They also reduce the chance of the pet getting hurt in a fight with others over mates. Neutered pets also pay more attention to their owners and often become more obedient as a result.
Visit Us for Quality Vet Care in Charlotte, NC
If you still have questions about the benefits of a spay or neuter operation for your pet, contact our professional staff at Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to ensure your pet’s health is protected at any stage of life. To schedule your pet’s next exam or to learn more about how we can help, you can call us at (704) 278-8000. If you live in or around the Charlotte area, contact us today to learn more about how we can help.