Perhaps you have thought about spaying or neutering your pet but hesitate due to the inaccurate information you have heard. Before we tackle the top myths surrounding these surgeries, we want to assure you that spaying or neutering your pet is the responsible thing to do. Not only does in reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born every year, it can improve your pet’s behavior and health as well. Altered pets are less likely to roam and don’t engage in aggressive mating behavior. Additionally, it can lower the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs for both genders.

The Top Myths About Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Has someone told you that your female dog or cat should go through at least one pregnancy or heat cycle for better health? If so, the opposite is true. Spaying before the first heat cycle reduces your pet’s chances of developing uterine or mammary cancer. It’s also important to realize that a four-month-old kitten and a six-month-old puppy can get pregnant. This could result in dozens of litters over her lifetime, with each taking more of a toll on her health than the last.

Here are some other reasons people give for not spaying or neutering along with the real facts:

Myth #1: Spaying or neutering causes animals to become overweight

The surgery has no bearing on weight. Animals become overweight for the same reasons as people, which is usually due to eating too much and moving too little.

Myth #2: It’s wrong to put such a young pet through surgery

You could have your dog or cat sterilized as early as four months of age without issue. In fact, younger pets recover from the procedure faster than older pets do.

Myth #3: Altering my dog will make him less effective as a hunting and retrieving dog or a watch dog

Fertility or lack thereof has no bearing on whether you can train your dog for these tasks.

Myth #4: Purebred puppies and kittens don’t end up in animal shelters:

According to the American Humane Society, purebreds account for 25 percent of all animals in shelters and 50 percent of those euthanized.

These are just some of the many myths that persist about spaying or neutering a pet. Don’t hesitate to ask anyone on staff at Battletown Animal Hospital for clarification if you hear or read something and you’re just not sure if it’s true.

We Keep Your Pet Comfortable

We provide your pet with anesthesia at the start of sterilization surgery so he or she goes into a deep sleep. Our staff also monitors breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to ensure that your pet is in no distress. It’s only when your dog or cat is awake, alert, and pain-free that we release him or her to go home with you. Although the surgery is fast, its benefits last a lifetime. If your dog or cat is over four months old and not yet altered, please contact us to schedule spay or neuter surgery.

Photo Credit: AllNikArt / iStock / Getty Images Plus