Spay & Neuter

There is a major problem in the United States with the number of unwanted puppy and kitten litters.  One of the best ways to protect against this issue is to have your pet spayed or neutered.  However, even if your pet is not at risk of becoming pregnant there are other reasons why you should spay and neuter them, both for your own benefit and for theirs. 

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What is Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering are in reference to the removal of the male and female reproductive systems.  During a dog spay or a cat spay, the vet will remove the female's reproductive organs.  During a dog neuter or a cat neuter the male testicles are removed so he is unable to impregnate a female. 

Additional Health Benefits For Your Pet

There are a number of health benefits behind having your pet spayed and neutered.  First, your pet will live a longer and healthier life.  Pets are more likely to suffer from breast cancer, UTIs, and other complications when they still have their reproductive organs (while it is still possible for them to experience these kinds of conditions later in life the chances are greatly reduced).  If you have a male pet they are less likely to suffer from cancer and other health issues related to their prostates if they have been neutered. 

Improvements For You

As your pet is no longer inclined to mate you will no longer have to deal with the howling and desire of the pet to mate.  Some pets attempt to mount other animals, humans, or even other random objects during this desire.  By having them fixed this will no longer be an issue (although some animals may occasionally attempt to mount another animal in order to demonstrate dominance, although even this urge will be reduced). 

You will also no longer need to deal with heat cycles.  When a female is in heat they will not only attempt to call out to a potential mate, but they will bleed during the cycle.  Applying diapers to a cat or dog can be tricky and chances are the pet will do whatever they can to remove the diaper.  This can leave you with a constant mess to clean up while the pet is in heat.  Having them fixed corrects this issue. 

Have Your Pets Spayed and Neutered 

If you recently adopted a pet and they have not yet been spayed or neutered, now is the time to set up an appointment with Shelley Drive Animal Clinic.  Here your pet will receive the very best care possible.  So from having your pet spayed or neutered or you're looking for a brand-new veterinarian in Tyler TX, let the staff at Shelley Drive Animal Clinic help.

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