Five Reasons to Neuter Your Pet in San Diego

Our Tierrasanta vet, Dr.Schexneider, highly recommends that all pet owners considering spaying and neutering their pets for a number a reasons. However, there are quite a few reasons for the owners of male pets to give additional thought to viewing neutering beyond helping control the pet population. Neutering is actually an essential health benefit for your furry friend that can extend his lifetime, and we can perform this quick and affordable in-office procedure as early as four weeks of age, although 16 weeks is ideal. Here are five reasons to neuter your pet in San Diego.

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1. Pets are Often More Content

After your pet recovers from the procedure, many owners notice that their buddies seem more content. Male cats tend to lay off of the nasty habit of spraying their turf, and both dogs and cats seem to lose their desire to respond when they catch the whiff of a female in heat. This is likely due to the halt of testosterone production after the neutering process.

2. Reduces Chances of Getting Lost or Harmed

Another benefit of pets with less ‘roaming’ tendencies is that they are not continually stalking doorways awaiting a chance to escape and find a willing female. When your dog or cat has their mind set upon their goal, it’s easy for them to get lost, encounter non-friendly animals or get hit by an automobile.

3. Preventing Testicular Tumors and Cancer

Neutering is a simple surgical procedure involving the removal of the testes. Hence, you will eliminate your pet’s chances of developing malignant tumors or cancer within the testicular region by neutering them at an early age.

4. Fewer Chances of Developing Prostate Disease

Male dogs are more statistically likely to develop prostate conditions than cat are. The removal of the testes drastically decreases your pet’s risk of developing prostate disease and other related conditions like abscess, cysts and prostatic enlargement.

5. Reduce Risks of Painful Perineal Hernias

Our San Diego veterinarian sees a few cases of perineal hernias each year, and the majority of them involve male dogs who haven’t undergone the neutering procedure. This condition occurs when certain parts of the internal stomach herniates through weakened pelvic muscles. This results in an unsightly and often painful bulge by the anal opening. Perineal hernia development is associated with the presence of testosterone, which neutered males no longer produce.

Get More Information from Our San Diego Veterinarian

Our veterinarian in San Diego and our dedicated team of animal lovers are ready to answer your questions and help you decide if you should neuter your pet. Contact our vet at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital today at (858) 292-6116 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to meeting you and your pet soon to discuss ways to keep your furry friend healthy and happy throughout their lifetime. Your Veterinarian in San Diego also serves the surrounding communities of Tierrasanta, San Carlos, Clairemont and Kearny Mesa.

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