It’s the Responsible Choice

Missouri Flat Pet Clinic
reminds you that spaying and neutering pets is the best way to help keep the unwanted pet population low at animal shelters. Because too many animals don’t have "forever" homes—meaning for life—hundreds of them right here in our area face being humanely euthanized (put down, put to sleep, destroyed). We believe spaying and neutering can provide benefits not only to your pet but also to the entire local pet population.

Every day in the United States, 40,000 puppies and kittens are born. Not just today, but

Some Facts About Spaying and Neutering

Female dogs and cats may be spayed before their first heat cycle, which occurs at approximately 6 months of age. Male dogs and cats may be neutered at 6 months of age.

What Is Spaying?

Spaying female dogs and cats, called “ovariohysterectomy”, is the surgical removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. Heat cycles and the accompanying unwanted bleeding, nervousness, and desire to mate are eliminated as a result of this procedure. Female dogs and cats are often mature enough to reproduce by the time they reach the age of 6 months.

On average, female dogs go through a reproductive cycle, or “heat”, every 6 months, usually once in spring and again in the fall. The entire cycle may be as short as several days or as long as 4 weeks. Often, female dogs will experience some personality changes during heat cycles, such as being short-tempered or anxious.

Spaying your female dog before her first heat cycle greatly reduces her chances of developing mammary cancer later in life. Having your female dog or cat spayed will also protect her from uterine infections and difficult or unwanted pregnancies.

Female cats enter their reproductive cycles continuously every 3 to 4 weeks during certain times of the year, primarily in the spring and fall. Many female cats become nervous during these heat cycles and exhibit unusual behaviors, such as rolling on the floor, secretively hiding, or begging for constant attention. They often become quite vocal, meowing throughout their cycles.

Is it a good idea to let your pet have at least one litter? The answer is no, there is no advantage to letting your pet have one litter. However there are plenty of advantages to having you pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors later in life, decreasing the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.

What Is Neutering?

Neutering of male dogs and cats, called “orchiectomy”, is the process of surgically removing the testicles. Neutering done at an early age eliminates reproductive behavior and the aggressive behavior that can come with it.

After they reach sexual maturity at 6 to 9 months of age, male dogs and cats are able to breed any time they are exposed to receptive females. Unneutered male dogs and cats are prone to wander in search of a female in heat. This usually means trouble. Pets that wander are exposed to diseases more frequently, and they get injured in fights and traffic accidents more often than pets that do not wander.

Male dogs benefit from the neutering process in other ways as well. Dogs are less likely to develop diseases of the prostate gland and are at less risk for testicular cancer and infections.

Male cats are known to “mark” their territories by spraying smelly urine on furniture, walls, and shrubs. Male dogs are sometimes equally anxious to mark their territories. This tendency is reduced greatly when the pet is neutered. Neutering may also reduce aggressive behavior. After neutering, your male dog or cat will continue to have his own unique personality, but he will be less likely to roam and will enjoy staying at home more.

Before Surgery

If your pet is over 7 years old, a pre-anesthetic blood screen may be recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery. This test is run here in the clinic prior to surgery to determine organ function, blood counts, and clotting function, assuring safety during surgery and the ability to heal following the procedure.

Anesthesia: When anesthesia is indicated, we utilize the safest anesthetics available to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.

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