There are several reasons to spay female animals. One significant reason is the obvious which we have either heard off of the radio and have seen countless television commercials is to prevent pet overpopulation. There is an alarming amount of dogs and cats in the United States than there are available homes for them and animal shelters are overflowing with animals. Over 100,000 cats are euthanized every year in Canada alone. Besides preventing overpopulation of pets, there are many more reasons why it is important for spaying female animals.
Most spays are performed once a female dog or cat reaches6 months old and before they have their first heat cycle. Cats and dogs must be in good health and up-to-date on all of their vaccinations before spaying. Spaying is sometimes referred to as having an animal “fixed”. The medical terminology for spaying a female animal is called an OHE-ovariohysterectomy. Spaying of an animal is the surgical removal of a female animal’s uterus and ovaries and is a routine veterinary procedure performed while the pet is anesthetized. Depending on the circumstances and the veterinarian who performs the surgery, your pet may require one or two nights of hospitalization.
Spaying female animals prevents unplanned litters which can lead to extra cost. Spaying female animals also reduces their chances of contracting mammary and ovarian cancer. Spaying female animals also takes away the risk of a life-threatening infection in the uterus which is called pyometra which requires emergency surgery to remove the uterus and is much more expensive. Spaying female animals is the best way of decreasing the number of puppies and kittens around the world. Spaying a female animal gives them a much better chance of living a healthier, longer life and it is important for their overall well being. Spaying a female animal makes them be better, more affectionate companions. Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle which can last anywhere from six to 12 days and occurs twice a year in dogs and lasts six to seven days and can occur four or more times every year. Female animals that have not been spayed often show more behavior and temperament problems than those that have been spayed do. Spaying female animals can make them less likely to bite Spaying makes female pets much less likely to run away to roam the neighborhood searching for a intact male.
I worked as a veterinary technician for 10 years & learned a lot of valuable information.
I am not a licensed vet but I did learn many useful tips and information during my years working for one. The above information is intended for educational purposes only and shall not take the place of seeking professional medical advice from a licensed veterinarian.