Spaying and neutering, often referred to as "getting fixed," is the surgical sterilization of an animal to prevent mating and procreation. Some pet owners are often undecided about whether they should spay or neuter their furry friends. At Holden Animal Clinic & Supply, Inc. in Holden, MO, we understand your apprehension. If you live in the Holden area, we would be happy to consult with you about this or any other of your pet care needs. If you need immediate information, read on for some useful details about spaying and neutering.
Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
One of the main reasons for having this common surgery performed is to help control the already explosive animal population. Millions of unwanted cats and dogs are abandoned, killed, and euthanized each year. Spaying and neutering can also help prevent future health problems like certain cancers. Additionally, it can reduce unwanted behaviors such as roaming, spraying (urinating), aggression, destruction, and yowling. Many pet owners have stated that their pets become more affectionate and overall better companions after surgery.
Are There Side Effects/Complications?
As with any surgery and the use of anesthesia, there are risks. However, spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed by veterinarians, and the risks of complications are extremely low. Some vets may advise you of the risks of incontinence or cancer later in life, but again, these side effects are rare. Immediately following the surgery, your pet will be groggy and a bit sore. They may want to sleep, be left alone, and not want to eat for a day or two. This is all normal. Consult with your vet if you are concerned.
When Is the Best Time to Spay or Neuter?
The ASPCA recommends spaying or neutering puppies between the ages of 6 and 9 months. For cats, it can be done anytime between 8 weeks and 5 months. It's always best to call your vet and discuss when the best time is for your particular pet.
How Much Does Spaying and Neutering Cost?
The cost can vary depending on your location and the size of the veterinary practice. On average, spaying a cat will cost between $30 and $70, while neutering a dog may cost between $55 and $130, depending on size and breed.
Contact Holden Animal Clinic & Supply, Inc.
Many areas offer low-cost or even no-cost services. You can ask your vet or call your local ASPCA for more information. If you are in the Holden area, give our pet clinic a call at (816) 732-4412. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have.