Why Spay & Neuter Surgery is So Important in Virginia Beach, VA
Spay and neuter surgery is one of the most common surgeries in veterinary medicine, and for good reason. The surgery boasts many benefits for our furry friends, including medical and behavioral improvements. Plus, the surgery continues to get safer and safer. At Veterinary Hospital of Virginia Beach, we highly recommend spay and neuter surgery for puppies and kittens at about 6 months of age. A later or earlier surgery may be recommended based on your pet’s gender, health, and breed.
Have you welcomed a new pet into your home? Schedule a visit so we can determine the best timing for surgery!
Benefits of Spay/Neuter Surgery
Spays and neuters do a world of good for your cat or dog, and the surgery also helps to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. This has a positive impact on the problems of pet overpopulation and shelter crowding, allowing current shelter pets a better chance at finding loving homes. In addition, the surgery has significant benefits for your individual pet including:
- Reduces the risk of female pet developing mammary gland tumors later in life
- Reduces the risk of male pets developing prostate problems
- Eliminates the risk of females developing uterine or ovarian cancer or pyometra, a uterine infection
- Eliminates the risk of males developing testicular cancer
- Curbs undesirable behavior in males including urine marking, mounting, and aggression toward other intact males
- Eliminates your female’s heat cycle, which is frustrating for her (and you!), and can attract unwanted attention from intact males
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not spay or neuter surgery is right for your pet, schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We’ll be happy to talk to you about the pros and cons of each scenario so you get the full picture before making a decision.