When a new pet joins your family, as a pet owner, you have many decisions to make in their care…..”What type of food should I buy?”, “Where should I get obedience training?”, “How can I house-train my pet quickly and efficiently?”. However, one of the most important decisions you can make involves spaying or neutering your pet. There are many myths out there, and it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Here are our top 5 reasons why this is a good decision.
Long Term Health Benefits
Both spaying (females) and neutering (males) offer multiple long term health benefits. One of the most important is reducing the likelihood of your pet developing cancer over the course of his or her lifetime. Neutering or spaying helps prevent testicular or prostate cancer in your male pet. Breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer in your female pet can also be averted and gives you more time to share your life with your pet. Additionally, for female pets, the risk of uterine infections is reduced.
The cost of spaying or neutering your pet is miniscule in comparison to treating cancer or caring for a litter of puppies or kittens. Our veterinary staff will be able to fully detail the costs that you could expect both for the actual surgery and pain relief after the surgery. In combination with the other benefits of spaying or neutering, it becomes obvious that alteration is a good decision.
Stop the “Roaming Instinct”
Instinct is a very powerful “impulse” for our pets, especially for males, who are prone to leaving your property in search for a mate. Neutering reduces aggression (and opportunities for biting), the probability of being involved in a traumatic accident, i.e. running around neighborhood and being hit by a car, and excessive marking. Keep in mind that aggression is very different than the protective instinct, and neutering will not make your pet less of a watchdog for your home.
Help Improve Behavior
Male pets, prior to neutering, may be prone to excessive aggression or fighting with any other animal perceived as a pet. Keep in mind, that if you have an unspayed female pet, every unneutered male may be attempting to make an appearing in your yard or at your doorstep. Overall, your pet may seem just simply “calmer” and less driven by compulsive instincts to reproduce - making them a better family pet.
Spaying and Neutering Helps Reduce Euthanasias and Pet Overpopulation
Tragically, millions of pets are euthanized each year due to pet overpopulation. Furthermore, roaming pets may meet a horrible demise in traffic accidents, or being lost, when compelled by their natural instinct to roam. Feral pets, unplanned pets, and pets who are turned into shelters may run into overcrowding and meet an end to their life simply because there is not enough space. By preventing overpopulation from occuring in the first place, this tragedy can be avoided.
If it’s time to spay or neuter your pet (usually between 6-12 months of age) or if you’ve adopted an older pet who’s not been altered, make an appointment with us today to schedule this life-saving surgery for your pet.
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Here at Grantsburg Animal Hospital, we are always grateful for the customers that have trusted us with their pet's well-being. We love taking care of your pets here and giving them the highest quality care is our ultimate goal. We know that you only want the best for your pets, so we are truly grateful that you choose Grantsburg Animal Hospital to care for your pets.
We Love Your Pets
When your pets are ill, we know that it is hard on you as a pet owner. So, choosing our animal hospital means a great deal to all the staff here. It is a privilege to be able to care for your sick pets, and we’re so glad that you trust us to support you and your pet at this difficult time. The staff here at Grantsburg Animal Hospital know that you need someone to listen to your needs and make sure they are fulfilled. We are more than happy to do this.
All of our staff are fully trained and qualified in treating your furry friends. Not only are they trained professionals, they are also all very compassionate people who have a love of animals. Looking after your animals is something that they take pleasure in doing, and that’s why we know that our staff only offer you the best levels of care. Making the best decisions possible for your pet is just one of the things that our professional staff will do for you. There is far more to the job than just helping animals get their health back to normal, and our friendly team will be there for you each step of the way along your pet's journey.
Going The Extra Mile
We know that when you bring your pet to us, you expect our staff to be quick and efficient. That’s what we can offer you here, we will be fast and effective at getting your pet attended to, without compromising the quality of care that your pet will receive. All of our staff are willing to go that extra mile for you and your animals, so if you are ever in need of anything, you should not hesitate to ask a member of staff. Nobody here will make you feel as though you are asking a silly question, because when it comes to the welfare of your pet, there’s no such thing! Any questions or concerns that you have about your animal’s well-being can be answered happily and with expertise by one of our staff.
We Love Helping You
Seeing your pets get well again is one of the biggest joys that our staff experience. Caring for your animals is the best part of any day, and the fact that you choose to bring them to our animal hospital means the world to us. The journey that you go on with your pets at times may be difficult, but we are so proud to be a part of that journey with you. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for choosing Grantsburg Animal Hospital to care for you, as well as your pets.
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