Prevent Disease in Niagara – Spay and Neuter Your Pets

It’s heartbreaking to think that over 50,000 cats and dogs in Canadian shelters are put to sleep every year because they don’t have a home. This 2010 statistic is from the Federation for Humane Societies; and the number keeps growing every year. One of the best solutions to a problem such as this is to spay or neuter your pet now.

According to PETA, in seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens! It’s essential we curb this population explosion. But there’s so much more to it than just that.


Why Spay and Neuter?

Studies show that sterilized pets live longer, happier lives. How does spaying and neutering help?


Spaying at Upper Canada Animal Hospital

  • In males, it reduces the risk of prostate disease and eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
  • A spayed or neutered pet is less likely to wander around the neighbourhood. This decreases risk of traumatic injury.
  • To some extent, it helps control aggression in dogs – particularly towards other dogs.


Some Common Questions Answered

There is a spay/neuter clinic in town, should I take my pet there instead?

The difference between low-cost spay and neuter clinics may surprise you.  We get questions all the time about the difference in the cost of a spay or neuter at our hospital in comparison to a spay and neuter clinic.  Dr. Andy Roark, DVM, has written an excellent article about the differences, please click here to learn about those differences.  Ask us if you have any questions.

 

Will neutering my cat make him fat and lazy?
Neutering might reduce an animal’s activity level, but this need not result in weight gain. A healthy diet and sufficient exercise can help your pet maintain a healthy weight.

Doesn't spaying and neutering interfere with nature?
Domesticated dogs and cats are completely dependent on humans.  It’s our responsibility as their guardians to make sure the number of companion animals born doesn’t exceed the number of available homes.

Should my female pet be allowed to have one litter?
There’s no reason for a female  to have even one litter.  It won’t make her a better companion, and it will increase the likelihood that she will develop mammary cancer.  Spaying your female before she goes into heat even once greatly reduces the risk of her developing mammary cancer.

Don’t hesitate to give your pet a healthier life with spaying or neutering. Please don’t “litter”.  Contact Upper Canada Animal Hospital today and book an appointment for your pet.


Onward to a Speedy Recovery for Your Pet

The first step is for our staff to perform the spaying or neutering procedure on your pet. Once that is complete, you have a whole lot less to worry about – the recovery process is easy and straightforward.


There are only two areas of concern:

  • Make sure your pet refrains from licking the incision.
  • Ensure they get plenty of rest, are on pain medications and their activities are restricted.

The Upper Canada Animal Hospital serves Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding areas. Call us today to speak to one of our experts. Or if you prefer, come in and take a tour of our hospital and animal surgery facilities.