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Posted on 08-15-2017

Why Spay or Neuter Your Pets in Colorado Springs?

We all want our furry family members to enjoy long, healthy lives, and a good part of that process is with appropriate veterinary care. Spaying and neutering your cats and dogs can go a long way to help achieve that goal. Centennial Animal Hospital offers both procedures in a safe surgical environment and will work with you to determine the best plan for your pet based on several factors such as size, age, and breed.

Cat sleeping in his parents arms after his spay surgery.

But why should You Consider Spaying or Neutering Your Pets?

First, pets who have been spayed or neutered are at a lower risk of developing certain infections and types of cancer. Also, pets who have undergone these procedures are less likely to wander from home, reducing the chance of illness or injury from unexpected encounters with other animals, vehicular accidents, and exposure to certain parasites or insects.

Second, animals that have been spayed or neutered usually live healthier, longer lives when compared to animals who have not undergone these procedures. Spaying female cats and dogs can decrease their risk of mammary tumors, uterine infection, and complications from pregnancy. Neutered males are at a lower risk of developing prostate issues or testicular cancer.

Third, these procedures can potentially reduce several unwanted behaviors in male cats and dogs such as: marking or spraying to mark territory; mounting other dogs, people, or objects; and even some aggression problems with people or other animals. And spayed females will not go into heat, reducing the issues usually associated with breeding seasons.

By spaying or neutering your pet, you can potentially reduce the long-term costs associated with keeping them healthy and happy. Plus, by having your animals spayed or neutered, you are reducing some of the pet homeless problems we face by lessening the number of kittens or puppies struggling to find homes each year.

The veterinarians and staff at Centennial Animal Hospital are experienced in performing these types of surgeries and will work with you to find the best time for your pets to undergo a spay or neuter. The process involves the use of general anesthesia and usually takes less than an hour. Plus, our use of laser surgery helps shorten recovery time. After surgery, your pet will be monitored by our knowledgeable staff and your cat or dog usually get back to their usual routines within about 24 hours.

This is a routine procedure performed by knowledgeable vets that can improve your pet’s health and help them lead long happy lives. Do you have questions about spaying or neutering? Contact Centennial Animal Hospital to ask or schedule an appointment at 719-528-1693.

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