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Looking Into Saying / Neutering in Flagstaff, AZ?

Spaying or neutering your pets is one of the most important things to consider as a responsible pet owner. Over 5 million pets are euthanized each year due to overpopulation. Aside from preventing unneeded kittens or puppies, spaying a female cat or dog before the first heat reduces several health risks like mammary cancer, and eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer. In male cats or dogs, neutering eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate cancer. It also eliminates annoying sexual habits such as "marking" territory indoors, roaming in search of females, mounting behavior and aggression towards other male animals. The direct health benefits of spaying or neutering are significant to your pet’s livelihood and overall health, but can also make your life as a pet owner a lot easier.

You have the chance to indirectly help prolong your pet's life with spay and neuter services.

When pets are spayed or neutered, their tendencies to roam or fight are greatly reduced. This prevents the pets from getting lost, stolen, hit by cars, contracting a contagious disease, and even aggressive behavior toward other animals. Statistics show that most dog bites are inflicted by unaltered males, so spaying your dog can drastically increase your pet’s docility and comfortability.

Even though spays and neuters are considered routine surgery, there is nothing routine about any abdominal surgery performed under general anesthesia. Most veterinarians consider spays and neuters to be major surgery, especially when spaying older animals that have had several heat cycles or have had litters. Let the experts at Canyon Pet Hospital examine your pet’s health and condition so we can best assess your pet’s needs in terms of spaying and neutering.

For more information, please contact your Flagstaff, AZ vets at Canyon Pet Hospital.