Spaying and Neutering
It’s no myth, there is an overpopulation of unwanted pets nationwide and in our state of New Jersey. Some animals in shelters are saved from the streets and cruelty, while others are simply given up … discarded … by their families. Countless others never make it to shelters and suffer without someone to care for them. Spaying or neutering pets prevents animals from being born accidentally, and is the most effective and humane way to save animals lives.
Why Spaying and Neutering?
Your pet will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience fewer headaches if you get him or her spayed or neutered.
Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates:
- The odds of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
- Frustration in resisting the natural urge to mate. Your companion will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more contented member of your family.
- The animal’s need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.
- Messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
- The tendency to bite. However, your pet will still be protective of his home and family even after being altered. Aggression is different from protectiveness.
- Spraying, wailing, marking territory, or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.
- The extra expense for food or veterinary care in the event of an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens.
In addition, many communities offer lower licensing fees and other benefits for spayed or neutered companion animals.
What is Spay and Neuter?
- A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal’s reproductive organs so she cannot become pregnant.
- A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.
- The surgeries are performed by Dr. Waxman while animals are under general anesthesia so that they do not feel any pain. An animal may experience some discomfort after the surgery, but most veterinarians will provide medication to help ease the soreness.
- When someone says an animal is “fixed” or “altered” that means the animal has been spayed or neutered.
Cats can get pregnant as early as five months old, and dogs as early as six months old, and each can have two to three litters a year. For more questions about when to have your animal spayed or neutered, speak with Dr. Waxman.