Longwood Veterinary Center Offers Spay and Neuter Services in Kennett Square, PA
There are many reasons why spaying and neutering your pets is the responsible choice for pet owners to make. Our team at Longwood Veterinary Center wants to highlight five great reasons to spay and neuter your animals. When the time comes for your pets to undergo these surgeries, we hope you’ll bring them here to our Kennett Square hospital so we can provide them with the best possible care.
REASON 1– Help Control the Pet Homelessness Crisis
Did you know that according to the ASPCA, (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide each year? Beyond that there are an estimated 23 million pets living in underserved communities across the U.S., and 87% of those pets are not spayed or neutered.
When you choose to spay or neuter your pet, you are doing your part to help curb the effects of pet overpopulation and homelessness, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized because there just aren’t enough homes for them. When you spay and neuter, you’re taking a responsible stance on this issue.
REASON 2– Longer, Healthier Lives for Female Pets
Spaying your female pets also comes with many health-related benefits. For instance, spaying helps prevent uterine infections and mammary tumors, which are generally malignant or cancerous in about 90% of cats and 50% of dogs. If you spay your female pet before her first heat cycle, you can offer the best possible protection against these illnesses.
REASON 3– Prevent Testicular Cancer in Male Pets
Similarly, when you neuter your male pets, you are eliminating their potential for developing testicular cancer as well as some other prostate issues that could become a problem later in life. We suggest you spay and neuter to help keep your animals as healthy as possible.
REASON 4– Spayed Female Pets Won’t Go into Heat
There are also behavioral benefits to spaying your pets. When you spay your female cat, for example, you won’t have to worry about her going into heat four to five days every three weeks or so during the breeding season. Cats in heat often yowl and scream in an effort to attract mates, they also urinate more frequently, sometimes even inside your home. Spaying your female cats will eliminate these heat related behaviors.
REASON 5– Neutered Male Pets are Less Aggressive to Other Males
You’ll also experience behavioral improvements in your male pets when you choose to have them neutered. Sometimes early neutering can help mitigate aggressive behaviors in male pets, and will also often make them less likely to mount other dogs, people, and inanimate objects– an undesirable behavior for obvious reasons. Male pets that are neutered are also less likely to mark their territory so to speak, spraying their urine all over your house.
Another great reason to neuter your male pets is to curb their urge to find a mate at all costs. Oftentimes, unneutered male dogs and cats will resort to nearly anything to get out and find a mate. This could result in your pet escaping from your home or yard, finding himself in the danger of injury due to busy roads and traffic, potential fights with other animals, or even just getting lost.
Spay and Neuter at Longwood Vet
If you do choose to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered, we hope you’ll choose to come to Longwood Veterinary Center. Learn more about the spay and neuter services we offer, and of course contact our staff with any questions you may have about the process.