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Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

Our Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC  Discusses the Importance of Spaying & Neutering

Commonly referred to as getting your pet "fixed," spaying and neutering are important both for the health of your pet and for the health of the animal community. Our Charlotte veterinarian at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital is experienced in spaying and neutering pets and will treat your furry friend with the compassion and care they deserve.

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Benefits Of Spay Or Neuter

Spaying (for female pets) and neutering (for male pets) is the process of sterilization, a surgical procedure that ensures that your pet will not be able to have babies. There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pets. Spaying and neutering have been shown to increase the lifespan of pets, as it makes them less likely to roam away from home, less likely to get into fights with other animals, and less likely (for female pets) to deal with birth complications. Some male dogs show improved behavior and lessened aggression after being neutered.

When You Should Get Your Pet Spayed Or Neutered

Your veterinarian will give you a timeline for spaying and neutering. Typically, dogs are spayed or neutered at six to nine months, although healthy puppies can be spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks. Cats are typically spayed or neutered at eight weeks. It's recommended to have all cats spayed or neutered before five months of age to avoid territorial behavior, such as urine marking.

Importance Of Spaying And Neutering

While spaying and neutering offer numerous health and safety benefits for your pets, it's also important for animals in general. Spaying and neutering reduce the number of unwanted pets, thereby reducing pet homelessness. Each year, millions of shelter animals are euthanized simply because there is not enough space for them. Spaying or neutering your pet ensures that you are doing your part as a responsible pet owner to help stop pet overpopulation.

Contact Our Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC Today!

Ready to get your pet spayed or neutered? Call Hickory Grove Animal Hospital today at 704-563-5858 to set up a consultation


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