Why you should spay or neuter your pet; Frenship Vet Clinic offers valuable information

THE DECISION TO SPAY/NEUTER – There are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering shelters each year. Frenship Vet Clinic is a strong proponent of spaying/neutering since it is both healthy for pets and effectively reduces pet overpopulation. Puppies and kittens can undergo the procedure at five months of age.

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is a vital one for pet owners. As animal lovers who value pets, it is important to understand the impact of this decision.

In every community, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., the Humane Society estimates that there are 6-8 million homeless animals entering shelters each year. About half of these animals are adopted, while the other half are euthanized. Not all of these are strays – a great many are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets.

“The reality is that every time the dog finds his way under the fence to visit the neighbor’s female dog, or the cat comes back home pregnant again, the result is another litter of potentially unwanted animals that could end up in shelters,” says Dr. Steve of Frenship Vet Clinic. “Spaying or neutering is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.”

Frenship Vet Clinic is a strong proponent of spaying/neutering pets since it is both healthy for animals and effectively reduces pet overpopulation.

“Millions of pet deaths each year are a needless tragedy,” says Dr. Steve. “By spaying or neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution.”

Aside from helping to control the pet population, however, spaying or neutering your pet can have some very important health benefits as well. Female dogs and cats that are spayed can’t get uterine cancer, and they are less prone to urinary tract infections. Male dogs and cats which are neutered can’t get testicular cancer, and they live 40 percent longer than their unneutered counterparts.

There are behavioral benefits as well. Spaying eliminates the constant crying or nervous pacing of a female cat in heat; spaying a female dog also eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle. While there is no guarantee, neutering males can help prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking or aggression and the urge to roam.

Contrary to popular belief, spaying/neutering your pet can be done before their first heat cycle. Dr. Steve recommends doing the procedure when the pet is five months old, unless there is an emergency.

And for those who think the cost to spay/neuter a pet is too high, consider this: the reality is that the cost associated with providing adequate care for just one litter of puppies or kittens is often more than the cost of the spaying or neutering. You must also consider that there could be complications with the birth that requirement hospitalization or surgery.

For more information about the medical and behavioral benefits of spaying/neutering, visit with Dr. Steve and his staff at Frenship Vet Clinic; they would be happy to answer your questions. Frenship Vet Clinic offers a full range of pet health services, including vaccinations, dental, other preventative medicine, diagnostics, internal medicine, surgery, and others.

Frenship Vet Clinic provides quality, affordable veterinary care for Wolfforth, Lubbock, and the surrounding communities. For the convenience of pet parents, the clinic offers early morning drop-off, as well as extended hours on Tuesday and Wednesdays evenings.

Frenship Vet Clinic is located at 202 E Hwy 62 in Wolfforth (on the access road of the Brownfield Hwy). To schedule an appointment, call them at 806-866-2838.

For more helpful information, or to schedule an appointment online, please visit www.frenshipvet.com. There you can learn more about Dr. Steve and the staff, read pet health articles, and access valuable resources like the online pet pharmacy.

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