The great majority of veterinary hospitals recommend spay or neuter surgery for pets because it allows for optimum health. However, there are several widespread misconceptions that sometimes deter pet owners from spaying or neutering their animals. The bottom line: Pets should be spayed or neutered, and earlier in life is better than later in life. Don't let the following spay and neuter myths stop your pet from having the surgery they need.
Myth #1: My Pet is Too Young For The Surgery
It is often assumed that young animals, especially those who are still in the puppy or kitten stage, are too young to be spayed or neutered. In fact, both cats and dogs can be neutered at around 8 to 12 weeks of age. Cats as young as five months old (and dogs as young as six months old) can be impregnated. The precise age at which an animal hospital is willing to spay or neuter a pet may vary according to the situation, but in general there is no reason to wait until the pet is older. Basically, if your pet is old enough—or nearly old enough—to have a litter or father a litter, they are probably ready for the surgery.
Myth #2: My Pet's Behavior Will Change For The Worse
This myth is born in a bit of truth. In reality, spay or neuter surgery could indeed cause a change in pet behavior—but it will be a positive one rather than a negative one. The pet's personality won't be different, but some of their negative behaviors may be significantly reduced. This may be especially notable in male pets, since the reduction in testosterone that comes with neutering will often help reduce aggressive behavior.
Myth #3: My Pet Needs to Have a Litter Before Being Spayed or Neutered
Owners of female dogs or cats often delay spay surgery because they have heard that their pet needs to have a litter first. The truth is that there is no medical benefit to having a litter of puppies or kittens prior to being spayed. Further, a pet who has even a single litter is more likely to contract female cancers including mammary cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer.
Is your pet ready for spay or neuter surgery now? There is every reason to go ahead with the surgery now that you know the myths are exactly that—myths. Call an affordable vet clinic in your area or click here for more information.