As a pet owner, spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important decisions that you can make for your pet’s health. Dog spay and neuter not only helps reduce the unwanted animal population here in El Paso, but also protects your pet’s health by reducing the risk for cancer and other diseases.
Get the Truth Behind 3 Common Dog Spay & Neuter Myths
Unfortunately, many myths about dog neuter and spay continue to confuse well meaning pet owners and even keep some from spaying or neutering their pets. Below, our veterinarian debunks three of the most common myths behind dog spay and neuter – and shares why this critical procedure is absolutely essential for all dogs and cats.
Myth #1: If I spay or neuter my pet, he or she will gain weight.
Spaying or neutering pets does not cause them to gain weight or substantially alter their personality. Pets only gain weight due to inactivity or because they are overfed. If your pet has gained weight after being spayed or neutered, you may need to reduce the quantity of food that you feed your pet and increase outdoor exercise.
Myth #2: Spay and neuter procedures are not safe.
Dog spay and dog neuter are both safe, routine procedures. These procedures are typically performed early in the day so pets can return home by late afternoon. Pets will need approximately one week to recover following surgery; you will likely find the biggest challenge is keeping your pet quiet and inactive during the recovery period!
Myth #3: My dog just gave birth to a litter; it’s too late to spay her now.
Not true! Both dogs and cats can be spayed after delivering a litter. Once the litter is weaned (typically within eight weeks), the female can be spayed. In order to prevent females from becoming pregnant in the first place, our El Paso veterinarian recommends spaying dogs and cats before they reach sexual maturity, usually before six months of age.
Has your pet been spayed or neutered?