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Why is Spay and Neuter Surgery Important?

Spay and Neuter in Kettering: Woman Hugging Cat

Your pet’s reproductive organs produce hormones that can affect your pet’s behavior as well as their health. Intact pets have higher rates of certain cancers and diseases and also exhibit undesirable behaviors that affect your relationship with them. With a spay or neuter surgery, your pet can experience a healthier life, and you can enjoy their company for longer. What’s more is that the surgery helps the serious problem of pet overpopulation and homelessness in Kettering and the surrounding communities. Many shelters are already at capacity, so many healthy, unwanted pets face euthanasia. Spay and neuter surgeries help control the pet population and invariably save lives.

Benefits of Fixing Your Pet

Both male and female pets benefit significantly from timely spay and neuter surgeries. The surgery can help curb undesirable behaviors as well as reduce the risk of serious diseases. Your pet’s benefits include:

Females:

  • No heat cycles, which is a frustrating and messy experience
  • Less desire to roam to find a mate, which also makes the desire to escape less likely
  • Reduced urine-marking behavior
  • Less likely to develop mammary gland tumors
  • No risk of pyometra, a serious uterine infection
  • Reduced risk of uterine or ovarian cancers

Males:

  • Lessened aggressive behavior
  • Less desire to roam to find a mate, which also makes the desire to escape less likely
  • Reduced urine-marking and mounting behavior
  • Less likely to develop prostate problems
  • Reduced risk of testicular cancer
Spay and Neuter Surgery in Kettering: Dog Playing Outside
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The doctors and staff at Hills and Dales are amazing. They have gone above and beyond with all stages of my sweet dogs lives. Their care and compassion have been second to none. This is the only vet my dog is actually excited to go see "his girls"! -Mel M.

I would give it one million stars if I could! Dr. Mac saved our dog! When another vet was content to "wait it out", the entire staff at Hills and Dales jumped into action! These wonderful people are so caring, compassionate, and extremely thorough; they truly love what they do. Thank you Hills and Dales!  -Kristen L.

If you want to deal with the absolute best veterinary staff in the area, these are your folks! Everyone is beyond courteous and with every visit you know they truly care about you and your furry kids. Through the years, they have been there without fail for our cats and dog & given us great peace of mind every step of the way.  -Jennifer W.

The doctors and staff at Hills and Dales veterinary clinic are so kind, compassionate, educated and helpful people that really care and understand what we go through along with our fur babies! The clinic is always spotless and the staff at the front desk are friendly and really try and help with anything we need! -Pamela M.

Doesn't matter if you have an emergency or just a regular visit....the staff and Dr's are always there to help you with whatever problem you might have. They're always so caring and compassionate to your needs! -Alberta F.

Reaping the Most Benefits from a Timely Surgery

Depending on your pet’s breed, sex, and species, they may benefit from a different timeline for surgery. We generally recommend that most pets be spayed or neutered after their last vaccine cycle, or at about 6 months of age. However, some pets may have greater benefits from an earlier or later surgery. For instance, female pets are less likely to develop mammary gland tumors in the future if they are spayed before their first heat cycle. In some pets, particularly kittens, their first heat cycle could come as early as 4 months, so an earlier surgery can help reduce their risk of future problems. Yet, larger breed dogs often benefit from a later surgery due to developmental concerns, so they may undergo the surgery as late as 12-18 months of age.

Schedule your puppy or kitten’s appointment today and we can discuss their options!

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