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Reasons to Spay Your Pet

Why Your Pet Should Be Spayed by Our Edmonton Vet Team

If you've always felt that your dog or cat is perfect just as she is, you may have resisted the idea of "altering" her through sexual sterilization -- especially if you love puppies and kittens. But spaying your female pet is actually one of the nicest things you can do for her, not only for its inherent health benefits but also for its ability to make your pet happier and help curb pet overpopulation. Here are some of the main reasons you should have our Edmonton vet team at Hamptons Animal Hospital spay your pet.

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No "Unexpected Arrivals"

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of spaying your dog or cat is the fact that she can no longer become pregnant, regardless of whether the male pets in the neighborhood have been neutered (as they should have been). This means you no longer have to worry about the possibility or welcoming litter after litter of puppies and kittens into your household, or providing the necessary shelter food, and vet visits these new arrivals require. But pregnancy prevention doesn't just make your life easier -- it also sidesteps the unfortunate necessity of giving the baby animals over to shelters, a common necessity that contributes to the destruction of millions of animals each year,

Reduced Risk for Several Serious Diseases

One aspect of spaying you may not have considered is its tremendous wellness benefits. Cancer of the uterus and ovaries, for instance, become a nonexistent threat once these organs are removed. Spaying also eliminates the risk of a potentially-deadly uterine disease called pyometra. If your pet is spayed before puberty, she will even have a much lower risk for mammary gland cancer, a disease that proves fatal in half of all dogs and an astonishing 9 out of 10 cats.

Removal of Compulsive Behaviors

Heat cycles produced by the reproductive hormones trigger instinctive behaviors associated with the process of finding a mate. Animals in heat may yowl insistently, emit foul odors, leave bloody discharges in the house, and generally seem restless. More seriously, they may display unusual aggression against other animals, possibly leading to dangerous conflicts. Indoor pets may suddenly feel compelled to break out of the house and go wandering outdoors for mates-- another dangerous behavior that may have tragic consequences. Spay surgery relieves your friend of these compulsions and frustrations, resulting in a happier, more contended, and above all safer animal.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian at Our Edmonton Clinic

Don't let your pet miss out on the important and possibly even lifesaving benefits of spay surgery. Either veterinarian at our Edmonton clinic, Dr. Anton or Dr. Kooyman, will be happy to talk you through the process so that you'll know exactly what to expect and how to help your pet enjoy an easy, healthy recovery. Call Hamptons Animal Hospital at (780) 489-3203 for a consultation or to schedule spay surgery!

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