The Importance of Spay and Neuter in Woodbridge, VA

Spaying and neutering in Woodbridge, VA is an important step to control the overpopulation of animals which is why many people choose to have these procedures performed on their pets. If you decide to spay or neuter your pet, you have several options. Consult with Dr. Zraibi to determine if spaying or neutering would be the right choice for your pet.
 
Benefits of Spaying & Neutering
There are several benefits to spaying & neutering both male and female pets. 
 
● Spaying a female animal can help prevent uterine infections and breast tumors. Tumors found in female animals are most-often malignant or cancerous. Neutering male animals can help prevent testicular cancer and prostate issues.
● Females will no longer go into heat. This means that they won’t be trying to attract mates or urinating as frequently as they would have otherwise.
● Male animals will be less likely to roam. Male animals tend to try and escape when they are searching for a mate. If you choose to neuter them, they will be less likely to leave.
● Neutering can help minimize aggressive behavior in males, but it should not be done with the intentions of it being a “fix” for serious behavioral issues.
 
When To Spay or Neuter
It is recommended that dogs receive spaying or neutering when they are about six to nine months old. Older dogs can also receive this procedure, but it does come with possible complications due to factors like age, weight, or health history. Cats should be fixed at around eight weeks and before five months to avoid pregnancy.
 
Why spay or neuter?
Cats and dogs are currently overpopulated internationally. Millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized due to the fact that there are not enough people who are able to adopt them. One way to help this crisis is to spay and neuter animals before they reproduce. By having your pet sterilized, you will help prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens who may be subject to the euthanization or poor living conditions. Sterilizing your pet has no impact on their ability to learn or play. Fixing animals helps control bad or aggressive behavior and allows them to go on with their life feeling happy and care-free.
 
Spaying and neutering in Woodbridge, VA is the most common surgical procedure performed by your veterinarian. Sterilization does come with the same risks as any medical procedure, such as anesthetic or surgical risks. However, complications associated with this procedure are very rare.
 
The Procedure & Aftercare
Before the procedure, Dr. Zraibi will perform a physical exam to make sure your pet is physically healthy enough for the surgery. General anesthesia will be provided to make your pet more comfortable. Dr. Zraibi may prescribe medication to help your pet with the healing process. Try and help your pet remain calm after the surgery and don’t encourage a lot of physical activity in order to avoid any issue with the healing incision.
 
If you would like to learn more about spay and neuter in Woodbridge, call our office at (571) 285-1855. You can also contact us by filling out an appointment request form on our website and we will contact you at your convenience.