Point Vicente Animal Hospital

31270 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310)265-9500

www.pointvicentevet.com

Spay and Neuter Benefits

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SPAY & NEUTER HEALTH BENEFITS  

Veterinary research has found that spaying and neutering generally results in longer, healthier lives for the vast majority of dogs and cats.

 

FEMALES:

Performing a spay surgery before the patient’s first heat or estrus cycle GREATLY reduces the chances for developing mammary or breast cancers.  Unspayed females have more than a one in four chance of developing mammary cancer.  

Later in life, many unspayed females have been found to develop a potentially fatal uterine infection called pyometra.  If your female dog develops pyometra, emergency surgery is necessary.  The removal of the uterus in the spay process eliminates this health risk 

 

MALES:

When a male dog is neutered, the prostrate gland shrinks.  This greatly reduces the chance of an animal developing prostate cancers or even the benign (but extremely uncomfortable) hyperplasia or enlargement of the prostate that occurs as male dogs age.   The neuter procedure also completely eliminates the chance for the development of testicular cancer and reduces the occurrence of perineal tumors.

SPAY & NEUTER BEHAVIORAL BENEFITS: 

A spay or neuter procedure removes the reproductive system and therefore, the reproductive hormones are, for the most part, eliminated from the pet.  Because of this, many reproductive behaviors that are troublesome are eliminated or prevented from developing such as: 

•Territorial Marking (urinating on objects)

•Roaming/Straying

•Fighting/Territorial Aggression