THE IMPORTANCE OF SPAY/NEUTER
Chews A Puppy Adoption is an avid supporter of spay and neuter surgery for your pet.
Spaying and neutering is recommended and encouraged by veterinarians as well as anyone concerned about the health and welfare of pets. There are different options for spaying and neutering that include traditional surgical procedures and also ovary/testicle sparing surgery that keeps sexual organs intact while preventing unwanted behaviors and pregnancy.
Spaying or neutering your pet provides many health benefits. Studies have shown that spaying and neutering can:
- Lengthen your pet’s life and improve the quality of its life.
- Reduces health risks such as certain cancers, mammary tumors, prostate problems and urinary tract infections.
3. Allows your pet to be a better family member by eliminating seasonal heat cycles, territory marking, sexual aggression, false pregnancies, and unwanted pregnancies and litters.
There are different options for spaying and neutering available today that includes:
- Traditional spay/neuter surgery where most/all sexual organs are removed (similar to a full hysterectomy), providing protections against certain cancers and disease.
- Ovary/testicle sparing surgery that keeps sexual organs intact (similar to a tubal ligation/vasectomy). This option allows hormones to remain intact while preventing unwanted behaviors and pregnancy but provides protections against certain health issues and cancers that may occur with a traditional spay/neuter.
AGE OF SURGERY
Think of your pet as a young child. Would you remove all of your child’s hormones before they were done growing/maturing? Of course not. As a human we understand how important our hormones are to our overall growth and health. Hormones are important to pets too. Chews A Puppy Adoption recommends that you allow your pet to mature fully prior to undergoing spay/neuter surgery so that he/she can fully benefit from the hormones that control such things as growth plates, bones, height, length, weight, etc.
A veterinarian may prefer early spay/neuter because they want to ensure that an “oops” pregnancy won’t occur that could put your pet at risk of health complications that can occur with arbitrary breeding at a young age. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to make sure that their pet is kept safely on a leash or in a contained yard to prevent unwanted pregnancy until a spay/neuter can be performed at the optimum age for the health and wellbeing of your pet.
***Chews A Puppy Adoption does not believe in pediatric spay/neuter for health reasons therefore any “young” adoptable pets that have not been altered prior to arrival to our facility will not be altered prior to adoption, BUT they will be adopted out on a strict spay/neuter contract that requires the adoptive parents to alter their pet after adoption (at their own expense). Any pets up for adoption that are over the age of one year will be altered prior to adoption. We encourage our pet owners to educate themselves on their options regarding spay/neuter and to speak to their veterinarian in order to make an informed decision regarding their pet’s health.