Spay & Neutering in Houston
Protecting the Local Pet Community
Millions of healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized every year because there just aren’t enough homes to go around. This crisis is largely attributed to the fact that many pets do not get spayed or neutered. When these pets inevitably get pregnant, it’s often the case that irresponsible owners will give up the resulting puppies or kittens and many shelters and rescues are already overcrowded.
You can help by spaying or neutering your pets. The American Humane Society recommends that you spay or neuter your pet when they are young in order to avoid contributing to the pet homelessness crisis.
The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
Spaying or neutering your pet is not only beneficial to the entire pet community, but is considered extremely beneficial for your pet’s health and behavior, and can enhance their overall quality of life.
Benefits of spaying or neutering your pet include:
- Female pets won’t go into heat
- Female pets may live longer
- Male pets will see a reduction in prostate problems
- Male pets may be better behaved
- In both males and females, the changes of reproductive system cancers, such as testicular or uterine cancer, are eliminated
Spaying or neutering impacts all aspects of your pet’s overall health and quality of life. In addition to the benefits listed above, spaying or neutering can reduce the cost of your pet’s veterinary care moving forward. They will be less prone to certain health problems, especially those involving their reproductive systems.
Additionally, you won’t have to worry about any unplanned pregnancies. The cost of spaying or neutering your pet pales in comparison to the cost of caring for a new litter of puppies or kittens. With so many mouths to feed, you and your pet could be overwhelmed. Spaying or neutering when your pet is young will give them a better chance at a long, healthy, happy life.
When Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
Spaying or neutering has the most impact when your pet is young. We recommend that dogs are spayed or neutered when they’re between the ages of four and nine months. Cats can be spayed or neutered when they’re young as eight weeks old, depending on a variety of other factors.
Can I Spay or Neuter My Older Pet?
Yes! While some older pets may have a higher risk for complications, a good veterinarian – like our team at The KAAWS Clinic – can absolutely spay or neuter your older pet. If you’re considering spaying or neutering your pet, our Houston veterinarians will make sure they are in good health before we perform the procedure. Your older pets may need a little bit longer to recover, but we’ll help you ensure that you’re fully equipped to take care of your recovering pet.
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