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Spay and Neuter FAQs with Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC

Practically everyone has seen or heard public service announcements and other such things that urge "spay and neuter your pet." While the general concept is known, the details are less well-understood. Therefore, Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC is offering these FAQs about these common procedures:

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What is Spay and Neuter?

These are sex-specific terms for sterilizing an animal. Spaying involves the removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries from female animals, and neutering is the removal of the testicles from male ones. Typically, these terms are applied to the procedures when done in pet animals like dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits.

What Are the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?

The most obvious, and most promoted, benefit of these procedures is that they permanently prevent unwanted reproduction. However, this is just the start of the benefits. In males, neutering helps to eliminate the need to roam, mark territory, and the drive to fight to gain access to females. It can also lower general aggression. The incidence of certain hormone-related diseases is reduced, and the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated. Female animals will have no estrus cycles, so there is no need to worry about heats or the stains they cause. A spayed female will not attract males to your door. She will also have less of a desire to roam or to urinate on things to attract mates. Spayed animals have zero risk of ovarian or uterine cancer, and the incidence of several other diseases is greatly reduced.

When Should an Animal be Spayed or Neutered?

For dogs, the traditional age is between six and nine months. However, the ASPCA says that it can be done safely at as young as eight weeks old as long as the puppies are healthy. Older dogs can also be spayed or neutered, though certain adulthood problems may make it riskier.

Cats can be spayed or neutered at as young as eight weeks, and it should be done by five months in order to prevent spraying behavior from being learned. However, adult cats can be sterilized as well, and this is often done to control populations of strays.

Schedule an Appointment with Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC Today!

To have your pet evaluated for our Spay & Neuter services, all you need to do is make an appointment with our veterinarian here at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC. She will evaluate your dog or cat to make sure that the operation is safe, and when that evaluation has been passed, schedule surgery. Soon, you won't have to worry about the arrival of surprise litters, and your pet will gain the benefit of avoiding a wide variety of potential diseases, fights, and more. Contact us at (704)563-5858 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian today!