Pets that have not been spayed or neutered could develop health issues later. Part of our goal is to help prevent as many health-related problems to enable pets to live longer lives. In addition, spaying and neutering pets allow them to remain healthy and help with animal overpopulation. Some areas have high populations of stray cats and dogs, and owners taking an active approach to their pet’s health by spaying or neutering them can help make a remarkable difference.
If you have concerns or are reluctant about getting your pet spayed or neutered, call us to speak with a veterinarian at our animal hospital in Surrey, BC. The veterinarians at Peace Arch Veterinary Animal Hospital are here to help with animal care for all your pets. A veterinarian in Surrey, British Columbia is here to help.
How Does My Pet Benefit from Being Spayed or Neutered at an Animal Hospital?
Pets benefit significantly from being spayed or neutered, including not becoming pregnant. Some health concerns for pets that are not spayed or neutered may include:
- Females: Breast tumors and ovarian tumors
- Females: Heat cycles which can attract unwanted males
- Males: Prostate problems and testicular tumors
- Males: Desire to mark territory and risks of spraying
When the tumors in pets develop, they are often cancerous. However, pets being spayed or neutered before reaching maturity can help prevent these cancers from developing and ultimately help your pet live longer and reducing the need for animal care.
Additionally, having pets spayed or neutered decreases the chances of them developing unwanted behaviors, including mounting other animals, objects, or people, roaming, aggression, or excessive vocalization.
When Should My Pet Be Spayed or Neutered by a Veterinarian?
Many consider the ideal age to spay or neuter a pet at six months; however, this depends upon their breed, health, and development. It may be best to pay or neuter an animal outside this timeframe, especially if their health or safety requires it. Speak with a veterinarian at our animal hospital about your pet’s health to help determine when the best time to spay or neuter them is.
Get Animal Care from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital
If you are looking for a veterinarian in Surrey, British Columbia, call our office at (604) 536-3131 for Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital serving Surrey, BC, to schedule an animal care appointment. We can evaluate your pet, check for any health concerns, and help determine the best time to have them spayed or neutered. Call us to schedule an appointment and learn more about the spaying and neutering timelines as well as our animal care at our animal hospital.