Veterinarian Tips: 3 Reasons to Spay or Neuter your Pet
Spaying or neutering your pet offers lifetime benefits and protections for both you and your furry companion. Patients often have questions about spay and neuter procedures, so our New Paltz veterinarian team came up with the details below to help you decide when to take this beneficial step.
3 Ways Spay and Neuter Help your Pet and your Family
Prevent Separation: Male dogs can wander miles from home in search of a female in heat. When you neuter your dog, he will no longer be motivated to track down female dogs, and more likely to stay at home. Even a dog that normally stays within the confines of your yard could dig or climb if he is motivated by hormones, so neutering can save his life. A dog that wanders from home is at the mercy of wildlife, cars and even people. The further he wanders, the less likely it is you will be reunited. NY is home to abundant wildlife and lots of people, so it is very easy for a pet to become lost, injured, or end up in the shelter system.
Protect Health: When you neuter your male dog, you dramatically reduce his risk of injury. While females are far less likely to wander from home in search of a mate, they still gain considerable health benefits from being spayed. Your Newburgh veterinarian can help you determine how exactly spaying could help your female dog, but for most, the risk of disease to the reproductive tract is eliminated, since these organs are removed during spay and neuter surgery.
Reduce Fights: Male dogs that are intact may be more aggressive about food, territory, and dominance. If your intact dog encounters another male, either could trigger a fight. You, your dog, and any family members that are with you could be injured if a fight breaks out, so preventing this dangerous scenario is a must. Neutering removes the hormones that can trigger overly aggressive behavior and could cut your pet's risk of fighting with other dogs. Nothing takes the place of socialization and training, but early neutering can prevent these unwanted behaviors from occurring.
Spay and Neuter your Modena Pets Today
Our team at All Animal Veterinary Services, led by Dr. Eleanor Acworth, is ready to safely spay or neuter your pets and help them stay safe and healthy. Our caring team loves working with both pets and families to ensure you both get the best possible care. If you're ready to schedule a spay or neuter procedure for your pet, or you have questions about the process, don't hesitate to ask. We're here to help. Contact us today to learn more and to get started. Our number is (845) 255-2900.