The Truth About Spaying and Neutering
For most pet owners, spaying and neutering is something they do
automatically; a new pet reaches six months of age and they make
an appointment to have them "fixed". But what is the story behind
the story? Why do we really recommend this procedure and what is
it we really do? A day in the life of a veterinarian and a new pet
owner is very busy, and there never seems to be enough time to educate
you completely on what it is we are doing. So, as Paul Harvey would
say, here is "the rest of the story". First, some definitions. We
never really use the terms spaying and neutering correctly. There
are three words we should clarify:
- Neutering means to sterilize a pet, whether it is a female
or a male. Although we use this in reference to our male pets most
frequently, it is really a generic term covering both sexes.
- Spaying refers specifically to the procedure used to sterilize
(or neuter) a female. Castration refers specifically to the procedure
used to sterilize (or neuter) a male.
Why do we recommend neutering
What really happens during these
How will neutering my pet change
These are important procedures that lead to healthy, happier and
longer living pets. They are not simple surgeries. Actually the
spay is one of the most difficult surgical procedures we do each
day. But we do it so frequently we have become very proficient at
it. When your veterinarian recommends having your pet neutered,
spayed, castrated, etc., whatever term they may use, please follow
their advice. It truly is the best thing for your individual pet
and the pet community as a whole.
As always, I'm happy to help your pets...and their people, too.