Spay & Neuter

Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

Spaying and neutering are essential procedures for responsible pet ownership. These surgeries offer significant health benefits for your pet and contribute to controlling pet homelessness in Miami, FL. Westbird Animal Hospital, your trusted veterinarian near you, is here to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about spaying or neutering your pet.

Spay and Neuter

Understanding Spaying and Neutering

  • Spaying: Spaying, also known as ovariohysterectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes a female pet's ovaries and uterus. This eliminates her ability to become pregnant and reduces her risk of developing serious health problems later in life, such as uterine infections and tumors.
  • Neutering: Neutering, also called castration, is a surgical procedure that removes a male pet's testicles. This eliminates his ability to reproduce and can help reduce unwanted behaviors like roaming, mounting, and marking territory with urine. Neutering also reduces the risk of prostate disease and other health problems.

The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

Spaying and neutering offer numerous advantages for both your pet and the community:

  • Improved health: Spaying and neutering significantly reduce the risk of serious reproductive health problems in pets. Spaying eliminates the risk of a uterine infection called a pyometra which can be a life-threatening infection that can require an emergency surgery. Neutering can reduce the risk of cancer and prostate issues.
  • Reduced behavioral problems: Spaying and neutering can help alleviate unwanted behaviors in pets, such as roaming, mounting, and marking territory with urine. Neutered male pets are generally less aggressive.
  • Longer lifespan: Studies have shown that spayed and neutered pets tend to live longer, healthier lives.
  • Reduced pet homelessness: Spaying and neutering pets helps control pet homelessness by preventing unwanted litters. This reduces the number of animals entering shelters and facing euthanasia.

When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

The ideal age for spaying or neutering your pet can vary depending on the breed and size. A veterinarian near you can advise you on the best timing for your specific pet. Generally, spaying and neutering can be performed safely on cats and dogs as early as 6 months of age.

Westbird Animal Hospital: Your Partner in Pet Care

At Westbird Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. Our experienced veterinarians will address all your questions and concerns about these procedures. We offer a comfortable and safe environment for your pet's surgery and provide comprehensive post-operative care instructions.

Making a Responsible Choice

Spaying and neutering are responsible pet ownership decisions that benefit your pet's health and well-being, contribute to animal welfare, and reduce pet homelessness. Call Westbird Animal Hospital today at (305) 221-3105 to schedule an appointment to discuss the best course of action for your furry friend.

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