What You Need to Know About Spay and Neuter

Spay and neuter operations make your pet incapable of having offspring. The operations also provide many benefits for you and your pet. Dr. Gahra and our team at Silicon Valley Pet Clinic in Santa Clara would like to look at what you need to know about spaying or neutering your dog or cat.

The Homeless Pet Problem

The Humane Society estimates that a female cat can have 200 kittens in her lifetime. Female dogs can have just under 100. It is no wonder that about 1.5 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters in America every year. Spaying and neutering your pet helps reduce this problem.

Pets Live Longer

Numerous studies have shown that spayed and neutered pets live longer than those left entire. One of those studies was done by Banfield Pets in 2013. Here were their findings:

  • Neutered male cats lived 62% longer
  • Spayed female cats lived 39% longer
  • Neutered male dogs lived 18% longer
  • Spayed female dogs lived 23% longer

Pets are Less Likely to Run Away

Female pets in heat and males that smell females in heat for miles away will escape your home to go roaming. During these travels, pets often get seriously injured or die. They can get into fights with other animals, be hit by traffic, killed by people who do not want animals on their property or stolen.

Pets are Healthier

When a veterinarian removes the uterus and ovaries, female pets won’t get infections, cysts, or cancers in those organs. When female puppies are spayed before their first heat, their chances of getting breast cancer are virtually eliminated. Male pets will not get testicular cancer or several issues with their prostates.

Spayed and Neutered Pets Do Not Get Fat

It’s a common misconception that all spayed and neutered pets get fat. The only reasons that pets get fat are that they eat too much or do not get enough exercise.

Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered in Santa Clara, CA

If you have questions about how spaying and neutering operations can benefit your pet and live in the Santa Clara area, contact Silicon Valley Pet Clinic o schedule an appointment with Dr. Gahra. Call our team today at (408) 248-3844 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.


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