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Posted on 06-22-2017
Spaying and neutering is one of the most responsible things that you can do for your pet. It helps the community, your pet, and yourself. Talking to your Alexandria veterinarian at Fort Hunt Animal Hospital about having your dog or cat spayed or neutered is essential, so that you can have all the facts when you make this important decision.
1. Spaying and neutering reduces pet overpopulation. Homeless animals are often euthanized due to lack of space, and many homeless animals are the product of unwanted litters. Even if you do find homes for your pet's litter, that just means that there are fewer homes available for other needy pets.
2. Spayed and neutered animals are less of a nuisance for everyone. They roam less, get into fewer fights, and may be less aggressive. Less roaming means they stay safer, too, because they are less likely to get hit by cars, be injured by another animal, or pick up a serious disease.
3. Spayed and neutered animals are less of a nuisance for you. Females don't go into heat and yowl or discharge blood all over your house. Males do considerably less urine marking.
4. Spayed and neutered pets are healthier. The risk of mammary cancer drops almost to nothing if your pet is spayed before her first heat, and is reduced even if she is spayed later. Neutered males do not get testicular cancer.
5. Spaying or neutering is less expensive than taking care of and rehoming a litter. Puppies or kittens are expensive, and their mother needs care, too. Plus, chances are that you will want to have her spayed after that first unwanted litter, anyway! The owners of male animals are not exempt—you may be financially responsible for puppies or kittens your pet fathers.
Here at Fort Hunt Animal Hospital, your veterinarian in Alexandria, we strongly believe in the health benefits of spaying and neutering non-breeding animals. If you have any questions or concerns, we are happy to speak to you about this important procedure. Call us today at 703-360-6100, and be sure to ask about our new client special!
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I have been using Ft. Hunt Animal Hospital for about 30 years and have always found the doctors and staff to be very caring. I appreciate the time spent explaining specific findings and answering questions. I never feel rushed.