Spay and Neuter in Richmond Heights to Protect Your Pet
The decision to spay or neuter your pet is one of the most important choices you can make as a pet owner. Spaying and neutering pets not only helps control the unwanted animal population, but also reduces your pet’s risk for certain cancers and health problems. At Richman Animal Clinic, our veterinary care team strongly supports spay and neuter for all pets. Our Richmond Heights animal hospital believes this procedure is one of the best ways to protect your pet’s health. We are happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have about spaying or neutering your pet. Contact us today at 440-585-3600. For your convenience, we are now open in the evenings until 7pm on Tuesdays/Thursdays!
Spay and Neuter to Reduce Risk for Health Problems
Spaying or neutering pets before adulthood reduces the risk for certain cancers, including breast cancer in females and testicular cancer in males. Breast cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer affecting pets; 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs diagnosed with this cancer will die from it. Spaying before the first heat significantly reduces the risk for developing breast cancer. Neutering males virtually eliminates the risk for testicular cancer, especially when the procedure is performed before six months of age.
Neutering male dogs and cats offers important behavioral benefits. Unneutered males have a single mission in life: finding a female for mating. Unneutered males can often try to break free from the house and yard to find a mate. Escaped pets are at increased risk for territorial fights with other males, which can lead to costly emergency care. While neutering males will not change their personality, neutering will help redirect a male’s attention away from finding a mate and back to the family. Neutering helps reduce unwanted behaviors, such as spraying urine indoors to mark territory. And one of the most important benefits of neutering is that it prevents prostate disease and prostate cancer in pets.
In addition to the health benefits offered by spay and neuter, these standard procedures make a significant difference for shelter animals right here in our community. Despite our community’s best efforts, hundreds of dogs and cats live in animal shelters waiting for a forever home. Sadly, due to overcrowding, many of these animals are put to sleep every year. By spaying and neutering your pet, you prevent your pet from having offspring that might one day end up in shelters. Not only does this help reduce the unwanted animal population, but this also gives shelter animals a better chance at being adopted.
These are common, straightforward operations that are safely performed in veterinary hospitals across the country. And while these operations are routine, our veterinarian understands that even the most routine procedures can be stressful for pets and their owners. Our veterinarian works closely with pet owners to provide high quality pre-operative and post-operative care. We conduct diagnostic blood work prior to anesthesia administration and send every pet home with post-op care instructions and pain medication. We take your pet’s safety seriously and strive to provide the best possible care.
Richman Animal Clinic
26909 Chardon Rd
Richmond Heights OH 44143