It should come as no surprise that local animal shelters are often operating at maximum capacity. The supply of cats and dogs that need homes greatly exceeds the demand of responsible, willing pet owners. At Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital, we provide spaying and neutering in Williams Lake to help combat the overcrowding of animal shelters. If you are considering doing your part in reducing problems in overpopulation of dogs and cats, read on to learn about the pros and cons of these procedures so you can make an informed decision for your pet. We also offer many other services for you to take care of your pet in Williams Lake.
Spaying is the general term used for an ovariohysterectomy of a female animal. In other words, when a female animal is spayed, her reproductive organs, both ovaries and the uterus, are removed prior to sexual maturity in most cases. Neutering is the general term used for the castration of a male animal. In this procedure, the male animal’s reproductive organs, or testicles, are removed generally at the young age of 6 months old. Neutering can take place as early as 8 weeks in some cases and older dogs can also be neutered. While technically these terms are separate to indicate whether the animal is male or female, neutering is often the general term used for both procedures.
Spaying and neutering, like any medical procedure for your pet, requires some thought about the outcomes. Even though this procedure has been done for decades, when it comes to deciding what is best for your four-legged friend, you want to be informed. Below are some of the pros and cons of spaying and neutering procedures from Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital:
As you can see, there are many more pros than cons when it comes to this procedure. Spaying and neutering are rather commonplace surgeries and although your pet will need a few days to recover, helping reduce the overpopulation problem, the health benefits, and the behavioural benefits make it worthwhile.
If you have made the decision to play a part in helping the overpopulation crisis by spaying or neutering your Williams Lake cat or dog, contact us today. Appointments should typically be made in advance of 5-7 business days for these services. However, emergency services are always prioritized. Contact us today!