At Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital, we know that many pet owners have questions when it comes to how, when, and why they should spay and neuter their pets. We will answer some of the most common questions that come into our veterinarian’s office in Bossier City.
Do I need to spay or neuter my pet?
Not only will this simple birth control procedure eliminate some behavioral problems such as mounting, leg lifting, and territorial marking, the procedure will also reduce certain medical problems in domestic pets. Infections of the uterus, mammary tumors, uterine or ovarian cancers, prostate cancer, and breast cancer are greatly reduced when pets are spayed or neutered.
Shouldn't a female pet be allowed one litter?
This is a myth. There is no medical evidence that supports a pet that has a litter will have a healthier life. It is easier for your pet to have a spay or neuter procedure before their first heat. When you spay early, you are not contributing to the overpopulation of pets that frequently end up in animal shelters.
Is it alright to spay before my pet reaches adulthood?
It is alright to spay puppies or kittens at eight weeks as long as they weigh at least two pounds. It is an antiquated notion that puppies and kittens shouldn't undergo these procedures. The younger pets tend to do better because they have less fatty tissue, they will bleed less, and they usually heal faster after the procedure.
Will this keep my dog or cat from roaming?
While domestic pets should be kept confined or leashed, the spay and neuter procedures will reduce your pet's urge to escape your home and roam, as they search for a mate. Your pet will be less territorial as well, which will eliminate or decrease your pet's need to leave its mark around your house.
Will my pets gain weight after spaying or neutering?
No, this is another untruth that we often hear. The cause of overweight pets is overeating and a lack of physical activity. Neutering or spaying your pet will cause changes to their hormone levels. This may cause a shift in their appetite, shifts in their rate of food metabolism, and can correspond to an increase in food intake levels.
Veterinary Care in Bossier City
Speak to one of our veterinarians at Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital if your pet experiences a decrease of energy and/or an increase in appetite after the spay or neuter procedure. We can help you adjust your pet's calorie and nutrition needs while its body adjusts after the procedure. Call us today at (318) 747-9150 to schedule an appointment.