One of the most difficult decisions for a pet parent is often surrounding spaying and neutering. With often contesting decisions found online and opposing opinions from known and unknown people, it can be a difficult decision to make. However, decades of research and veterinary science prove that the benefits of spaying and neutering outnumber and outweigh any drawbacks. At Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital, we help you make the right decision and offer spaying and neutering services and post-surgery care.
What are the benefits of spaying and neutering my pet?
Spaying and neutering your pet prevents the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Many newborn puppies and kittens end up in shelters each year and are begrudgingly euthanized because they cannot find forever homes. Other benefits include preventing fatal diseases such as ovarian and testicular cancer and stunting behavioural problems such as aggressive behaviour. Spaying also prevents heat cycles in female felines and canines and unwanted behavioural changes.
Does spaying or neutering hinder a pet’s intelligence or learning ability?
This is a common myth that remains false. No scientific study has noted that sterilization procedures affect a pet’s intelligence and ability to learn, play or hunt.
What is the right age to spay or neuter dogs?
The universally agreed-upon recommendation is to wait until they are around 6 months of age. However, for large dog breeds, it is better to wait until they are closer to maturity (i.e. when they are about 9-12 months of age). This is because they are more prone to orthopedic injuries and diseases. A late spay and neuter can help prevent these injuries and conditions. To find out more information, feel free to give us a call at (416) 362-9696.