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Spay & Neuter
Spaying and neutering is an important part of preventative care and pet wellness. At Terra Losa Animal Clinic in Edmonton, we strongly encourage pet owners to consider spaying and neutering their pets. The benefits of spaying and neutering pets goes well beyond prevention of unwanted pet pregnancies. That's why we focus so much energy on education of pet owners in our community. Understanding the reasons for spaying and neutering your pet can help you take care of your animal friend and can help you decide whether or not this procedure is right for your pet's needs.
There are many reasons to spay or neuter your pet!
Reduced risk for disease. Pets who are spayed and neutered at a young age are at reduced risk for diseases and cancers affecting the reproductive system. This particular benefit only applies to pets who are neutered at a young age. To ensure that your pet gets the full benefit of the spaying and neutering procedure, be sure to have this done when your pet is around 6 weeks old.
Better quality of life. Pets who are at reduced risk for cancer and disease may live longer, fuller, happier lives.
Improved behavior. Pets who haven't been spayed or neutered are known to mark their territory, spray urine, yowl and engage in other activities that are generally undesirable. Spaying or neutering your pet makes it easier for your pet to manage your pet's behavior.
Reduced chance that your pet will wander from home. Pets who haven't been spayed or neutered are more likely to wander away from home in search of a mate. Spaying your pet can make it easier to keep your pet at home.
Reduced aggression in male pets. Male pets tend to behave more aggressively if they're not neutered, which can make your pet a danger to himself or others. This is an especially important for pet owners who have small children.
Better relationship between pet and owner. Neutered pets who behave better are more likely to enjoy a good relationship with their owners. This can make pet ownership more satisfying overall.
Fewer pets in shelters. Spaying or neutering your pet can result in fewer animals on the streets and in shelters. This is important from a humanitarian standpoint and can also make your community a better place to live.
Typically, the best time to spay or neuter your pet is at around 6 weeks of age. Older pets can be spayed or neutered as well, but pets who have this procedure done later may not get the full benefit and reduced risk of disease. If you are a pet owner and would like to know more about getting your pet spayed or neutered, talk to your pet's veterinarian.
At Terra Losa Animal Clinic in Edmonton, we help pet owners care for their pets. If you're thinking about spaying or neutering your pet, contact us to schedule an appointment today at 780-484-1178.