What You Need to Know About Spay and Neuter

One of the best things you can do for your pet is to have it undergo a spay or neuter operation. This will make your pet unable to have offspring. This also provides your pet with several benefits. Dr. Kilpatrick and our team at Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach would like to go over some of these benefits.

Help Your Pet Live Longer

Numerous studies have shown that spayed and neutered pets live longer than those left intact. This could be in part because these pets no longer have health problems with their reproductive organs. They are less likely to get into lethal fights with other animals over mates. They are also less likely to wander from home and get killed by traffic.

Better Behaved Pets

Male dogs and cats are usually less aggressive after getting neutered. If a male kitten is neutered before he is six months old, he usually does not begin the habit of spraying urine to mark his territory. Male and female pets will not have the urge to escape their home in search of a mate. Dogs are more likely to be easier to train since they are not constantly distracted by looking for a mate.

It’s Not Just for Cats and Dogs

Spaying and neutering are becoming more common operations for many pet species, like rabbits and guinea pigs. These species need the company of their own kind to stay happy and healthy. Spaying or neutering by your veterinarian ensures they can be kept with others without the risk of unwanted offspring.

It Won’t Make Your Pet Fat

It is a common misconception that spayed or neutered pets always get fat. Pets get fat because they are fed too much and do not have enough exercise to burn off the calories they have eaten. Whether or not they have been spayed or neutered has nothing to do with a pet’s weight.

Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered in Vero Beach, FL

If you have questions about the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet and live in the Vero Beach area, contact Southside Veterinary Hospital to speak with our veterinarian. Call our team today at (772) 562-7845 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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