As a pet parent, you want the best for your furry friend. You wish to provide the best care to help your paw pal stay strong and healthy. A dog is healthiest when he is happy, and spending about 15 minutes with your dog on a daily basis can have a positive impact on his mental and physical well-being.
The question of sterilization is a matter of concern for most pet owners as taking the responsibility of their pet’s litter may not be feasible, while others may be concerned about the physical repercussions the procedure could cause. Here are five points to consider before getting your pet spayed or neutered.
1. First things first - what is sterilization?
The medical procedure of controlling your pet’s sexual activity by curbing their reproductive organs is known as sterilization. In females, the process of removing the uterus is known as spaying, and in males, removing the testicles is referred to as neutering.
2. When is the right time for your pet to undergo this procedure?
Typically, female pets can be safely spayed when they are young and fit, between 9 and 12 months of age. The procedure can also be performed in between the menstrual cycles when there is less blood supply to the uterus, which reduces the risk of hemorrhage. In male pets, neutering is generally performed between 6 and 9 months of age.
3. How should you prepare your pet for the procedure?
Be sure to take your pet for a general health checkup as physical fitness is a prerequisite for sterilization. Before the procedure, it is ideal to conduct a pre-anesthetic blood test, on an empty stomach, so don’t feed your pet anything for 8 to 12 hours before the surgery.
4. Advantages of sterilization
In males, neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer, as well as hyper sexuality, roaming, and aggressive behavior. In females, spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies, regulates mood swings, and reduces the risk of cancer, urinary infections, and mammary tumors.
5. Care post spaying or neutering
Usually, pets can return home on the same day after the procedure. They need complete rest for a day or two to recover.
Your pet’s reproductive organs use 15-20% of the calories from the food they eat. Hence, after sterilization, your pet may gain some extra pounds, so reduce your pet’s calorie intake after the procedure and increase exercise and walking.
Spaying or neutering is the safest and most effective way to control the pet population, and it helps reduce instances of pet abandonment. As a pet parent, ensuring your pet’s wellness makes way for a happier bond between the both of you!