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Submitting your pets for major surgery may seem like a curious way to show your love for them -- until you think about the tremendous health and wellness benefits they are receiving from the procedure in question. Spay and neuter surgery counts as a sterling example.
Sexual sterilization surgery not only controls your household pet population, but it also helps your pet avoid some significant potential health threats later in life. At Hamilton Road Animal Hospital, we're happy to provide this important wellness procedure for Columbus, OH pets.
Spaying or neutering procedures should be performed before a pet reaches sexual maturity; the benefits extend far beyond simple birth control. That's because these organs are vulnerable to potentially deadly diseases such as ovarian, uterine and testicular cancer, while the sex hormones they produce can also contribute to the development of breast cancer, perianal cancer, and prostate disease. Once we have removed these organs, the reproductive cancer risk is eliminated, and the risk of associated diseases is significantly reduced.
Removing the source of sex hormones also removes the behaviors -- or rather, misbehaviors -- associated with "heat" cycles and sexual frustration. Your pet won't be compelled to roam the streets in search of a mate or engage in competitive, aggressive conflicts with other animals, reduces the odds of getting into a serious fight or fatal accident. Instead, your home will be graced by a friendlier, calmer, happier animal.
The other obvious benefit of spay and neuter surgery is the prevention of pregnancy. Many owners cannot afford to keep lots of puppies and kittens, so inevitably millions of them end up in shelters -- which must ultimately euthanize the ones who aren't adopted. Quite simply, spay and neuter surgery is the humane thing to do for the animal community in general.
Spaying and neutering surgeries are relatively straightforward, with the length of the operation depending on whether your pet is a dog or a cat (or whether a female patient is in heat). We will instruct you beforehand on any pre-operative home care you might need to give. We will hospitalize your pet overnight and send him home the next day. We will make sure you have the necessary prescriptions for pain relievers or other medications, as well as instructions for monitoring your pet throughout the recuperation process. Our veterinary team will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
We recommend spaying or neutering your pet at 6 – 8 months of age. If it's time your pet received this life-enhancing favor, call Hamilton Road Animal Hospital at 614-239-0027!
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