Spay and Neuter in Crown Point, IN
When pets are spayed and neutered at the right time, this not only gives them a better chance at a healthier, longer life; it also benefits the community in which they live. Cats can breed about 3 times a year, while dogs can breed twice a year. Uncontrolled breeding among dogs and cats leads to a large (and growing) stray population, which is unhealthy and unsafe for the animals involved. This leads to crowded shelters, which often have to euthanize otherwise healthy animals because they don’t have the space or resources to accommodate them.
With spay and neuter surgeries, we can keep the stray animal population down here in Crown Point and give shelters the help they need to find loving forever homes for dogs and cats.
The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Pets
We recommend that all dogs and cats be spayed and neutered, preferably before reaching adulthood. Here are some of the most important ways spay and neuter surgeries benefit male and female dogs and cats:
- Eliminates the heat cycle for good
- Prevents the development of ovarian and uterine cancer
- Reduces the risk of mammary gland tumors
- Prevents a serious infection of the uterus known as pyometra
- Reduces or prevents entirely such behaviors as roaming and vocalizing
- Can prevent aggression stemming from high testosterone
- Reduces or prevents roaming, urine marking/spraying, mounting
- Prevents the development of testicular cancer
- Reduces the risk of prostate issues
Common Myths About Spay and Neuter
There are several misconceptions about spaying and neutering still circulating today.
While there certainly are costs with every spay and neuter procedure, the overall cost is generally far less than that of raising a litter or paying for your pet’s cancer treatments. It’s a one-time payment, and will minimize all your pet’s reproductive risks.
There is no evidence supporting this claim. In fact, going through their heat cycle and having a litter is likely to increase your pet’s chances of getting cancer later. We recommend spaying dogs and cats before they have their first heat cycle, because this lowers their cancer risks considerably. Mammary gland tumors have a high rate of malignancy in cats, and a 50% malignancy rate in dogs.
Your pet’s metabolism will slow down when they reach adulthood, but spaying and neutering do not contribute to obesity in pets. Weight gain is usually the result of overfeeding/overindulging and not keeping your pet active. As long as they’re on a balanced diet and getting regular exercise, their weight should stay in a healthy range.