Your pets are part of the family, and they deserve to be as healthy and happy as possible. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most effective ways to protect your pet’s quality of life. Whether you want to help prevent overpopulation or reduce your own future costs and headaches, we encourage you to neuter or spay your dog or cat as soon as they’re ready.
Before you schedule your surgery, let’s learn why our Wausau vets recommend spay or neuter surgery for all our patients.
Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
Spaying and neutering are elective but important procedures, and they’re the most common surgeries we perform at our animal hospital in Wausau. So why, exactly, do so many pet owners follow our recommendations to spay or neuter? Here are some of the biggest benefits of spaying and neutering:
- Reduces Overpopulation – Even if you don’t plan to breed, an unaltered pet is still at risk of escaping or finding an opportunity to mate and one litter can quickly lead to hundreds of unwanted pets. Spaying and neutering reduces the burden on our shelters and prevents unnecessary deaths due to pet overpopulation.
- Prevents Behavior Problems – Spaying and neutering curbs or completely prevents excessive aggression (including biting), urinating in the house, loud yowling or barking, mounting, and other unwanted behaviors associated with an urge to mate
- Reduces Future Costs – Sexually matured dogs and cats come with additional expenses that can be costly for owners, from higher licensing fees to reproductive cancers that are expensive to treat and behaviors that ruin belongings
- Prevents “Heat” – Female dogs and cats have reproductive cycles that cause them to “go into heat”, which dramatically increases their risk of escaping, roaming, yowling, and more.
- Reduces Cancer Risks – Spaying and neutering your pet will reduce or eliminate their risks of multiple types of cancer, including ovarian, testicular, and prostate cancers
- Prevents Other Health Risks – Urinary tract infections and other health problems are also more common among unaltered dogs and cats
What Happens When We Neuter or Spay Your Pet?
Spaying and neutering are common procedures that involve the removal or alteration of your pet’s reproductive organs. During a spay surgery, your vet will remove the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes from your female dog or cat. Neutering is a less invasive procedure that involves the removal of a male pet’s testes, or alternatively a surgery similar to a vasectomy for humans. Our Wausau veterinarians work closely with their surgical team to make sure your pet’s vital signs are constantly monitored throughout the procedure. In addition we provide faster healing times with cold laser treatment on all surgery patients. We also provide pre-op and post-op instructions to further minimize risks.
Schedule a Spay or Neuter Surgery with our Veterinarians in Wausau
We take preventative care very seriously at Wausau Animal Hospital. We want your dogs and cats to be as protected as possible, so we encourage you to spay or neuter them as soon as they’re old enough for surgery. Whether you have a puppy, kitten, or unaltered adult pet, their odds will improve after getting spayed or neutered, and your peace of mind will improve too. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Wausau, WI.