February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month! Getting your pet fixed is a very routine procedure. However, it will have a very powerful and positive impact, not just on your pet, but on animal welfare in general. A Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses spaying and neutering below.

Preventing Overpopulation

The biggest reason to support spaying and neutering is that it is the single most effective way to combat pet overpopulation. There are far too many dogs and cats fending for themselves on the streets! Sadly, because of this, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year. Given that one pair of kitties can have a whopping 11,606,077 descendants in just 9 years, you can see how important it is to avoid unwanted litters.

Health Benefits

Aside from benefiting animal welfare in general, spaying and neutering is also good for your furry friend. Dogs and cats that have been fixed have lowered (or even eliminated) risks of developing certain illnesses, including testicular and ovarian cancer. Ask your vet for more information.

Behavioral Benefits

Another reason to get your four-legged friend fixed? Your pet will be better behaved after! Dogs and cats that have been spayed or neutered are less likely to try to escape in search of love. They’re also just generally calmer and less aggressive. People with kitties will also be spared the sound of Fluffy’s amorous love songs. (There’s a reason that ‘caterwauling’ is not considered a compliment.)

The Procedure

As you probably know, spay/neuter surgery is often performed on kittens and puppies. It has long been standard practice to fix pets before they reach sexual maturity. However, that doesn’t mean adult pets can’t be fixed. Ask your vet for more information, including suggestions on when to make the appointment.

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We know, it can be nerve-wracking when your pet is having a surgical procedure, even a routine one. Your furry bff should be fully healed within about two weeks. As for aftercare, you’ll mostly need to keep Fido or Fluffy quiet and comfy, and monitor the incision site. Call your vet immediately if you notice foul odors, torn stitches, redness, fever, lethargy, vomiting, or trembling. Be sure to follow aftercare instructions closely, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Scottsdale, AZ veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!