If you weren’t aware, February 26 is World Spay Day! Veterinarians love this holiday because it demonstrates responsible pet ownership. At Shinnecock Animal Hospital, we are big advocates for spaying and neutering your pets.
Did you know that fixing your pet does more than just prevent unwanted pregnancy? There are multiple health benefits for both procedures, too!
What are the Benefits of Spaying?
Spaying your pet decreases her risk of mammary gland tumors or uterine/ovarian cancer later in life, especially if she is spayed before her first heat cycle. Pyometra is another medical problem that affects unspayed pets. This is an abnormal accumulation of pus in the uterus that is caused by uterine cysts. Secondary infections that are caused by pyometra can be life-threatening and will require immediate veterinary care.
What are the Benefits of Neutering?
Neutering male cats and dogs will:
- Reduce or even eliminate spraying and marking
- Minimize aggressive, roaming behaviors
- Eliminate the risk of testicular cancer
- Decrease incidences of prostate disease
Reducing testosterone levels by neutering your dog also makes it easier to train them. Neutering male cats will remove the urge for them to fight with other cats.
If your pet is in fact already spayed or neutered, give yourself a hearty “round of appaws” for being a spectacular pet parent! If you’ve welcomed a new puppy or kitten into your home and do need an appointment to get your new best friend fixed, please contact us at (631) 887-3501 or schedule online.
Thank you and we hope you have an excellent World Spay Day!