Most pet owners have probably heard about spaying and neutering. However, you might not understand the difference between spaying and neutering. We will cover that in just a moment, but if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our veterinarian at Faith Vet Clinic. We are here to help pets and their owners from North Brunswick, and the surrounding areas.
The Difference Between Spaying and Neutering
Veterinarians and pet owners sometimes refer to both spaying and neutering as “fixing” their pets. The result of both procedures is the same; the pet is sterilized, which will prevent unwanted pregnancies. Spaying and neutering your pet may also prevent certain diseases and health conditions. Generally speaking, fixing your pet helps it lead a longer, healthier life.
So, why are there two different terms? It all comes down to sex. Female and male pets, including cats and dogs, can be “fixed.” However, only males are neutered while only females are spayed. While the result, sterilization, is the same for both male and female pets, the procedure itself is quite a bit different.
What to Expect
If a male cat, dog, or other animal is neutered, a veterinarian has removed his testicles. Once this is done, the male animal can no longer impregnate a female counterpart. Typically, the cat, dog, or other animal will lose interest in mating.
For female animals, the sterilization process is known as spaying. During this surgery, the cat, dog, or other animal’s uterus and ovaries are removed. This too will prevent an unwanted pregnancy. In both cases, spaying and neutering can also reduce the risk of a pet suffering from serious conditions, such as testicular cancer or ovarian cancer.
So, why else should you take your animal companion to a pet clinic to be fixed? Besides protecting your pet’s health, spaying and neutering also prevent unwanted puppies and kittens from ending up in an animal shelter or on the streets. Sadly, many shelters are overcrowded, struggling to find homes for unwanted cats and dogs. You can do your part by making sure your pet doesn’t add to an already overwhelmed animal shelter.
Spaying & Neutering Pets in North Brunswick, NJ
If you are considering spaying or neutering your pet and would like to know more about the process, call our team at Faith Vet Clinic today at (732) 658-6777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Narala.