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Spay and Neuter at the Animal Hospital Sullivan County

Over 3 million cats and dogs are destroyed in U.S. shelters each year, simply because they were born unwanted. As a pet owner, you can do your part by having the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County spay or neuter your dog or cat. At Animal Hospital of Sullivan County, our veterinarians advise pet owners to sterilize their pets as young as possible, but the procedure can be done at any age. As the only certain method of pet birth control, it's every pet owner's responsibility to do their part and have their pet be spayed or neutered.

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Veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County Talks Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Sterilizing your pet isn't just the right thing to do for the social good. There are a wide variety of health reasons why having the procedure done is good for your dog or cat. In general, pets who have undergone this pet surgery live about 20 percent longer than those that don't. Our veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County lists some of the reasons:

• Sterilized pets are less likely to want to roam, keeping them safer from car accidents and dangers from other animals

• Female cats and dogs have no further danger of uterine cancer and other cancers of the reproductive system

• Male dogs and cats have no chance of developing testicular cancer and have a lower rate of prostate cancer, as well

Changed Behaviors after Spaying and Neutering

Many animal behaviors are based on hormonal cues, so this pet surgery is often successful in curtailing many habits that are hard to break. The younger a pet is when it's been sterilized, the better luck you'll have in breaking these habits. Marking is a bad habit in both cats and dogs, with both pets marking their territories by spraying urine. When done before the age of six months, almost all pets stop spraying and marking, or they never develop the habit at all. 

Altered dogs are much less aggressive, which cuts down on dangerous behaviors. Most dogs that bite other dogs have been unaltered. After the pet surgery, dogs are much less likely to escape the yard, roam the neighborhood and even try to mount people or other animals.

Spaying and Neutering as Preventative Care

You may have the best-behaved dog in the neighborhood, but there's always a chance that your furry friend could get out of the yard, or another dog could get in. The most intelligent preventative care takes accidents into consideration, and the millions of accidental pet pregnancies are proof that this happens. Unless you have a show-quality dog or cat that you intend to breed, we recommend you have your pet neutered or spayed as young as 6 weeks old. The caring staff at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County will make your pet's visit here as calm and stress-free as possible.

Contact the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County Today

If you have any questions about spay and neuter services, or if you want to make an appointment for us to see your cat or dog, call our office today.

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