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Posted on 11-21-2017

The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

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Have you had your new dog or cat spayed or neutered yet? At San Jose veterinarian Bloom Plaza Animal Hospital, we believe it is an important and responsible step that all pet owners should take.The American Humane Society and other major animal welfare organizations believe that all pet dogs and cats should be spayed or neutered within the first year of life (or as soon as possible). This refers to a sterilization process that prevents them from reproducing.  

Your San Jose Veterinarian Advocates Spaying and Neutering

While this initially may sound cruel, the goal of spaying and neutering by your San Jose veterinarian is to reduce the number of strays and unadopted pets that must be euthanized. With the populations of cats and dogs under control, the likelihood and number of unwanted pets will be lower, and fewer animals will suffer.

If cat and dog breeding is left unchecked, especially among strays, overpopulation will be the result. The sad fact is that even today, millions of animals must be euthanized each year. Too many stray animals can also cause a public health hazard due to the spread of possible pests and disease, waste and potentially being bitten by stray animals.

Pet Overpopulation Is a Real Issue

Spaying or neutering your pet helps to reduce the chances of your adding to the overpopulation problem and creating more potentially unwanted pets. Existing animals will then have a higher chance of being adopted into a loving home.

Procedures for spaying and neutering have become safer and more refined over the years to be as non-invasive as possible. The process typically takes place when the animal is young and strong, and they bounce back from the procedure very quickly in most cases.

Health and Personality Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

In addition to helping reduce overpopulation, spaying and neutering also bring health benefits to your dog or cat. Spaying a female pet will prevent them from howling, pacing and other nervous behavior changes during the heat cycle. It also eliminates menstruation during this time. Breast cancer risk and uterine infections are also reduced when a female cat is spayed.

Neutering male pets helps to prevent undesirable sexual behaviors like territorial urine marking, humping, aggression and a pressing urge to get outside and roam. Neutering males help to prevent enlargement of the prostate gland and testicular cancer. It also greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors. If you live in a multiple pet household, there will generally be more harmony among the animals if they are spayed and neutered.

Visit Our Local Veterinarian for Spaying and Neutering Services Today

San Jose veterinarian Bloom Plaza Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital that can take care of your dog or cat’s spay or neutering procedure. Dr. Garry Bath is committed to the health and well being of your pet on every level. From routine care to lifestyle advice to emergency services, trust San Jose veterinarian Bloom Plaza Animal Hospital for first-rate care in all aspects of your pets’ health.

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