Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

At Bell Veterinary Clinic we recommend that every pet be spayed or neutered. Between 4-7 months is the optimal time to have this done whether it is a dog or a cat. We strive to make the procedure as stress free and safe for your pet as possible. Bell Veterinary Clinic has some of the newest tools available to provide safety and pain management for your pet including gas inhalant anesthesia, laser surgery , and a new therapy laser . Make an appointment today to get your pet spayed or neutered by calling Bell Veterinary Clinic at : 810-678-3938 or click here to schedule online.

Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. There are no medical reasons to wait fir the first “heat” cycle to get you pet spayed. They will not get bigger or be any healthier.

Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, benign prostate enlargement and other health concerns if done before six months of age.
Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years.

Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house! Female dogs generally go into heat every 6 months and have messy heat cycles characterized by vulvar swelling and bleeding, usually on your new carpet.

Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and doing anything to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males. Your pet may get hit by a car, get lost or end up in “jail”.

Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house and your couch. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering. If you are not planning on breeding your pet, getting them neutered saves a lot of these problems.

Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.

Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to gain weight, not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake. Feeding a balanced diet and having an active pet will keep weight under control. Daily walks and exercise will also keep them tired and potentially keep other behavior issues away.

It is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. Dog breeding is not a get rich quick scheme or everyone would do it. Most breeders do it for the hobby and because they want to spend the extra time with their pets. Remember how much work your pet was when it was a puppy or kitten, imagine 5-10 times the work. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way. Take your children to the county fair, there are lots of opportunities to witness young being born.

Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. Do your part in preventing unwanted cats and dogs who end up in shelters or worse.

To schedule an appointment please call Bell Veterinary Clinic at : 810-678-3938 or click here to schedule online

 

More information is available at the following links:

http://www.spayusa.org/benefits.php

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/top-10-reasons-spay-or-neuter-your-pet

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html

http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/adoption-pet-care/caring-for-your-pet/spaying-neutering.html

http://www.cesarsway.com/askthevet/basicadvice/best-age-to-neuter-or-spay