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Understanding Spaying And Neutering

Spaying and neutering are important parts of keeping your pet happy and healthy. Spaying is the removal of the uterus and ovaries from the female pet while neutering is the removal of the testicles from the male. Buena Vet is happy to perform this operation on your animal to ensure it’s done properly and safely. We highly recommend performing a blood test before the surgery to determine if your animal can go under anesthetic.

Why Do I Need To Spay Or Neuter?

Spaying and neutering are crucial for a few reasons. The first and arguably the most important reason for neutering and spaying animals is the prevention of stray cats or dogs. Every year countless unwanted or abandoned animals are euthanized or killed. By neutering or spaying your animal you can prevent this from happening. Preventing the birth of unwanted pets does a great part in preventing the increase in animal deaths and stray populations.

Looking deeper, spaying and neutering prevent diseases and illnesses related to birth and/or reproductive organs. Furthermore, spaying and neutering prevents animal behaviors related to mating. This can prevent you from struggling with an aggressive and destructive pet. Female pets, when in heat, are very aggressive and high-energy. This can be a nuisance for many pet owners. Males, when not neutered, are more likely to roam away from home and go out for longer. This can create the potential for a lost pet.

Neutering or spaying pets can prevent the development of breast cancer or uterine infection in female pets. Neutering your male pet lessens the risk of an enlarged prostate or testicular cancer. The operation has no effect on the intelligence of your pet or your pet’s ability to play.

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Types of Sterilization

Surgical Sterilization

During an ovariohysterectomy, the female uterus and ovaries will be surgically removed. This process ensures that the female is unable to get pregnant and prevents the female from going into heat. By preventing her from going into heat, mating-related behavior will be eliminated. Behavior during an animal’s heat cycle includes higher energy levels and aggression. This is the typical “spay”.

During an orchiectomy, the male testicles are removed. This prevents the male from being able to reproduce and lowers the mating behavior in the animal. This is the typical “neuter”.

A hysterectomy removes the uterus and some of the fallopian tubes. This prevents the female from being able to reproduce while still producing mating-related hormones. This, in turn, does not prevent mating-related behaviors.

A vasectomy removes the vas deferens, the tube that conducts sperm from the testicles. This prevents the animal from being able to reproduce but, much like a hysterectomy, allows the animal to produce mating-related hormones. A vasectomy may not prevent mating-related behaviors.

An ovariectomy removes the ovaries from the female but not the uterus. This prevents the female from reproducing as well as stops the production of mating-related behaviors.

Final Remarks

Sterilization of your pet is an important and necessary aspect of owning a pet. It not only prevents the birth of unwanted pets but also prevents the development of diseases associated with reproductive organs. Spaying and neutering do not impact the health of your pet. Spaying and neutering, when you work with Buena Vet, is made to be affordable. This, in turn, allows you to sterilize your pet without breaking the bank.

The only risks associated with spaying or neutering are related to anesthetics, making this a very safe operation. Buena Vet will perform blood tests to ensure that your pet is able to go under anesthetics safely. We know your pet is an important member of your family and intend to make them as happy and healthy as they can be. Give Buena Vet a call today for any sterilization needs or questions!