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Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the best decisions you can make both for your family and for your pet. Every animal’s needs are a bit different, which is why Fort Hunt Animal Hospital always provides you with the information and guidance you need before you make this decision. Our veterinarian is available to discuss the spay and neuter process with you at our Alexandria offices.
There are many benefits to spaying and neutering. These procedures are very safe when a licensed and experienced vet performs them. More so, many families find these procedures help to improve a pet’s disposition. But, there are also medical benefits to the process.
For example, spaying your pet can help prevent uterine infections and even breast tumors in pets. These are malignant or cancerous tumors that develop in as many as 50 percent of dogs and as much as 90 percent of all cats. Neutering male pets is also beneficial. It can help to prevent certain types of sexual behaviors including male aggression, the desire to roam, urine marking, and sexual activity.
It’s also important to recognize the need for spaying and neutering from the vantage point of animals on the street. Each year, some 3.7 million cats, dogs, and other animals are euthanized at shelters because they simply do not have anyone to adopt them. Spaying and neutering minimize this number in a safe way.
Other benefits include:
There can be some differences in when you should have your pet spayed or neutered. The primary concern is that your pet is healthy enough for the procedure and any unresolved health complications are under care.
Dogs: Most commonly, dogs are between six to nine months old prior to being spayed or neutered. However, they can be done as young as eight weeks if the pet is healthy.
Cats: Kittens as young as eight weeks old are ready for neutering or spaying. It’s best for cats to be neutered prior to the age of five months so that we can avoid the start of urine spraying.
It’s always beneficial to talk about this process with your veterinarian at your pet’s first appointments.
Our Vet in Alexandria is available to schedule your pet’s consultation, examination, and procedure. Making the decision to spay or neuter is a big one, but we’ll help you ensure your pet is ready for this process, what it may mean to you, and what you can expect throughout it. Call Fort Hunt Animal Hospital at 703-360-6100 today to discuss your pet’s health needs and let our team help you to keep your pet healthy and safe for years to come.
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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.