There are few joys quite like pet ownership. Our pets make amazing companions, so much so that they are best described as family members. We often refer to our pets as “fur babies” and with how cute they are and how much they rely on us for food, shelter, attention, and medical care it is hard to see why not. Prominent among these responsibilities as a pet owner is to spay and neuter your pet, but why is that the case?
Health Benefits of Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering your pets is an essential step in promoting their health and well-being. By preventing unwanted litters, spaying and neutering can have a significant impact on the pet overpopulation problem. At TCAP, we believe that prevention is the key to ensuring that pets stay healthy and happy for a lifetime.
Female pets that are spayed have a reduced risk of developing fatal uterine infections and breast cancer, which can be fatal in a significant number of cases. Additionally, if you spay your pet before her first heat cycle, the likelihood of these diseases decreases further. Neutering male pets eliminates their chances of developing testicular cancer and lowers the risk of prostate cancer. Our experienced veterinary team at TCAP can provide spays and neuters for pets as young as 10 weeks old and weighing at least 2 lbs.
Amazingly, kittens and puppies are able to reproduce as soon as they reach their first heat cycle. This often occurs as early as 4 months of age for kittens and at around 6 months of age for puppies. Beating this first heat cycle is crucial to ensuring there is no chance that your pet will contribute to the homeless pet problem. There is already a major shortage of loving homes for pets staying in our animal shelters and there are only so many friends and relatives that can be cajoled into taking unexpected litter mates into their homes.
It’s not just females we need to care about – it takes two to tango! Removing a dog or cats testes reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.
It is also important to note that pets have no qualms about reproducing with members of their own litter. If you are raising an unaltered litter of puppies or kittens, you will quickly have another pregnant pet on your hands if you do not intervene. A single litter of puppies or kittens can easily become several litters if action is not taken to stop the reproductive cycle
Our team at TCAP strives to make essential pet care affordable and accessible to clients that may not be able to afford the same care at a traditional full service vet. On average, TCAP’s prices are 70% less than what a full service hospital charges. Spays and neuters range in cost from $35-$65 and are often discounted with TCAP’s monthly specials. Visit our online booking page to get started with booking your pet’s appointment.