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Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

Why It's Important to Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Spaying and neutering are always emphasized as a way to control the pet population. This is a primary benefit, but did you know spaying or neutering your pet is also a way to reduce health issues and behavioral problems? By choosing this procedure, you are not only acting responsibly but might be increasing the amount of time you get to spend with your best friend. If you live in or around Brandon, Flowood, or the surrounding area, choose one of our veterinarians at Oakdale Animal Hospital for your veterinary care provider.


The Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

By opting to spay your female pet or neuter a male, you decrease their likelihood of developing certain forms of cancer. The spaying procedure for a female removes the ovaries and uterus. This helps limit uterine infections and breast tumors that can be malignant or cancerous. For male pets, neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer and certain prostate problems.

A neutered male dog may live up to 18% longer while a female's lifespan may increase by 23%. For owners who keep their pets outdoors, longevity is increased for male dogs and cats by reducing roaming. When neutered, the chances of a pet being hit by a car while seeking another mate decreases. The chances of an altercation with another animal also decline. 

Household Spay and Neuter Benefits

When you have invested in your home and furniture, spaying and neutering also decreases the likelihood of these things being destroyed by an amorous pet. Pets who aren't spayed or neutered tend to howl and yowl more and also urinate. Aggression can be tempered by the procedure, and for dogs, it can reduce the chances of embarrassing mounting of stuffed animals, random household items, other dogs, and people. Results can vary on the aggression factor which makes maintaining behavior training important before and after surgery.

Societal Benefits of Spay and Neutering

Spaying and neutering carry an additional benefit for society at large. Millions of healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States because they do not have a home. By not welcoming unexpected or unwanted litters into your home, you free up space for these pets to be adopted.

Facts About Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering are safe procedures for almost all feline and canine pets. Call one of our veterinarians today at with any questions about the procedures or to schedule an appointment. If you live in Brandon, Flowood, or one of the surrounding communities, choose Oakdale Animal Hospital as your veterinary care provider.


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