Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in Roanoke:
A Healthier Start for Pets
Spay and neuter for dogs and cats have many benefits for your pet and the greater pet community of the Roanoke Valley. Without reproductive organs and the hormones that come with them, your pet leads a longer, happier and healthier life. The procedures reduce the risk of serious, deadly diseases and can help to modify your pet’s behavior to be calmer and more attentive to you. At our animal hospital, your pet is in the best of hands for this life-changing surgery.
Why We Recommend Spay and Neuter Surgeries for the Pet Community
A spay or neuter surgery is the recommended option for any new pet. It not only benefits your pet but helps the entire pet population. All too often, unwanted litters end up in shelters, and many shelters simply do not have the room for them. This leads to untimely euthanasia for far too many pets. Keeping your pet from reproducing actually helps save lives.
Benefits of a Spay or Neuter Surgery
Spays and neuters help with your pet’s medical and behavioral wellbeing. By removing their reproductive organs, cancers and diseases associated with the reproductive system are greatly reduced and even eliminated. Meanwhile, dangerous behaviors are subdued as well. For instance, your pet will be less inclined to roam and find a mate. This keeps them from escaping and being put into dangerous situations near the road or in altercations with wildlife.
Other benefits include:
- Males are less likely to develop prostate problems.
- Females are less likely to develop mammary gland tumors.
- Males have no risk of testicular cancer.
- Females have no risk of uterine or ovarian cancers.
- Females have no risk of pyometra, a serious uterine infection.
- Both males and females are less likely to exhibit urine spraying behavior.
- Females can avoid messy and often frustrating heat cycles.
- Males have reduced aggression and mounting behavior.
When to Schedule Your Cat or Dog’s Spay and Neuter Surgery
Generally, the timeline for a spay or neuter surgery is at about 6 months of age. However, factors such as your pet’s breed, size and species all play a role in determining the best time for a spay or neuter surgery. If you have any questions or wish to discuss your pet’s options further, please call and schedule an appointment!