Myth – It’s healthier for my female dog/cat to have a litter before she is spayed.
Truth – Having a litter will put your pet at risk of having a trouble giving birth, potentially needing a c-section, and when you do decide to have them spayed, they will have a more involved, complex surgery with larger blood vessels and higher risk for complications.
Myth – My male dog won’t feel manly if I neuter him!
Truth – Your male dog or cat has no attachment to their testicles. Most pets recover very quickly from their neuter surgeries.
Myth – My dog will gain weight after she/he is spayed/neutered.
Truth – As dogs mature, they are no longer as active as they were as a puppy. With less activity your dog will start to gain weight. The amount of food your dog is fed in a day should be relative to their activity level. Also switching from a puppy food to an adult food by 12 months of age will be helpful in decreasing the number of calories your dog gets in a day. (Same goes for cats.)
Myth – They won’t get the mothering instinct to be a good dog without having a litter.
Truth – Female dogs either are the mothering type or not. Having a heat or a litter will not change this. There are actually female dogs who have a litter who are bad mothers!
Myth – Their personality will change once they are spayed/neutered.
Truth – Your dog or cat’s personality won’t change after they are neutered or spayed. As they mature they will settle into their own, but your cuddly cat will still be cuddly and your goofy active dog will still be goofy and active.
Myth – My dog won’t grow enough if I neuter him early.
Truth – Dogs neutered before 6 months actually tend to be taller since their long bones continue to grow when their testicles are removed and there is less focus on secondary sex characteristics.
We always encourage you to bring up your questions or concerns when it comes to your pets health! We want you to be informed about the decisions you make in regards to your pet!
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Please note - Weekend, Holiday and After-hour service is offered only to current clientele who have not transferred their files to another facility and whose animals are a patient of our practice that has been examined by one of our doctors in the past 24 months.
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