Why should I have my kitten fixed?
This is one of the more common questions I hear when clients brings their new pets into the clinic. And the fact is – it’s a whole lot of problems eliminated with one blow. Let me explain:
The sterilization of a male dog or cat is called neuter or castration. In simple terms, each of those words means the surgical removal of the testicles. (Ouch!) Yes, I know sounds cruel and vicious doesn’t it?… well, it is definitely not what it seems.
Surgical procedures are done under anesthetic – just like us – many veterinarians use the same anesthetic drugs or inhalants that are used in human medicine. (Bet you didn’t know that!) The surgery is recommended at about 6 months of age and the procedure itself usually takes around 20 minutes in dogs and 10 minutes in cats. (Wow, is that all?)
There are plenty more reasons you should have your male pet neutered:
• Decreases the risk of testicular or prostate
related disease in older male dogs and cats.
• Helps to eliminate marking and spraying.
• Helps in the reduction of aggressiveness
• Decreases the likelihood of roaming or fighting
But I don’t care about those ‘boy’ dogs and cats, my new baby is a sweet, precious little girl… Well, it’s a great idea to have those little girls ‘fixed’ too.
The sterilization of a female cat or dog is called an ovariohysterectomy. (A what?!) That’s why we say spay or OVH! Anyway, this surgical procedure takes place much the same way as the neuter of a male, but it is slightly more extensive surgery. The veterinarian must make a small incision in the abdomen in order to remove the uterus and the ovaries. This procedure prevents pregnancies and future heat cycles from occurring.
Some wonderful benefits of spaying your cat or dog are:
• No more Heat Periods!!
• No unwanted puppies or kittens – sometimes it
is very hard to find good homes – and a litter
of newborns is a BIG responsibility!
• Less chance of mammary cancer
So, why not have your pet ‘fixed’? If you can help eliminate future problems with your new pal – what in the world do you have to lose?
Frequently Asked Questions
Will it make my pet fat and lazy?
No. Obesity is caused primarily be excessive calorie intake. Weight can be controlled with proper feeding and exercise.
Will it change my pet’s disposition?
Personalities of dogs and cats are determined through puppy and kitten experiences. BUT this personality is forming from the ages of 7-18 weeks of age. So their main personality is already formed by the time of surgery at 6 months of age.
Shouldn’t my pet be a mommy or daddy at least one time?
There is no advantage to your dog or cat having a litter or fathering a litter of puppies or kittens. It may just put undue stress on your pet to have little critters and it definitely does put stress on you!