Deciding Whether to Spay/Neuter your Pet

August 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle

Pet Wellness Clinic

When you get a new puppy or kitten, there is a lot that goes into the preventative care they need. One of the biggest decisions that you'll need to make initially is whether to spay/neuter your pet. While most vets will encourage you to spay or neuter, be sure to communicate with them about the decision and the risks and benefits associated with the surgery. Here are some things to take into account.

  • Some recent research illuminates additional risks that are possible with a spay or neuter. If you are concerned about these findings, be sure to ask your veterinarian about any of those concerns.
  • Holding off on spaying or neutering for breeding purposes means you will have to deal with things like female heat cycles and male aggression. Be aware of what these entail and be prepared for those outcomes.
  • Studies consistently show that spaying/neutering has benefits such as reduced risks of certain kinds of diseases.
  • If you do not spay/neuter your pet, you will need to be vigilant to avoid unwanted pregnancies. This is especially true for cats who roam outside.
  • Some surgery risks may be reduced at certain ages. Work with your vet to determine the best age for the surgery.
  • Big studies have shown that spayed/neutered dogs live longer than those who are not.

The bottom line: work with your vet to ensure your pet gets the proper care, and so that you know all the risks and benefits associated with the surgery. Contact Intermountain Pet Hospital to learn more about our Pet Wellness Clinic!

Topics: Pet Wellness Clinic, Pet Care

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.