Spay & Neuter FAQs From Goshen Animal Clinic
More pets lose their lives in shelters than any other cause. The cure for this epidemic is simple, something every pet owner can and should do for their furry family members: a spay & neuter procedure. At Goshen Animal Clinic recommend that all of our pet patients undergo these procedures. Owners in our office naturally have many questions, and here are some of the more common ones we hear:
Why Should I Have My Pet Spayed or Neutered?
In addition to the community benefits of cutting down the numbers of stray animals, these procedures have real health benefits. Pets that have been sterilized live years longer than those who haven't. They no longer have a chance of developing a number of different cancers, plus they're much less likely to roam the neighborhood and get into dangerous situations.
Shouldn't My Pet Have One Litter?
No, for multiple reasons. The procedure is much easier to perform and recover from in younger animals. The earlier it's done, the simpler it is.
In addition, every little born contains multiple animals that can contribute to the problem of animal overpopulation. Even if you find homes for the entire litter, every puppy or kitten you give away means one that will be destroyed in a shelter instead of being adopted.
How Early Should I Neuter or Spay My Pet?
Our veterinarian recommends having the procedure done before your pet reaches six months of age, although we can do it much earlier. As long as your pet weighs two pounds or more, we can take care of her by eight weeks of age. Younger animals recover much easier than older ones, so getting the procedure done as early as possible is the healthiest alternative.
Will the Procedure Make My Pet Fat?
This is a myth that somehow won't go away. Pets gain weight from eating too much and not exercising enough. As long as you feed your pet a healthy diet, avoid excess snacks, and make sure he plays outside a lot, he'll stay a healthy weight.
Will Neutering Prevent My Dog From Running Away?
No pets should be running around free today, but a neutered pet will no longer have the urge to seek out females in heat. This reduces their desire to escape into the neighborhood and keeps them safer close to home.
Contact Our Prospect Office
If you have any other questions about spaying and neutering, or if you'd like to bring your pet in for the procedure, contact our office in Prospect. Give us a call at (502) 228-1827 and we'll schedule a visit today.