Spay & Neuter

Any veterinarian you talk to, including the ones here at Hicks Animal Hospital in Poplar Bluff, will bring up the subject of spay & neuter. This is because having this procedure done on your pet has many benefits, some that are obvious and others not as much. Let’s look into how this procedure can help your pet today and for the rest of their life. 


But First, What Is Spay & Neuter?

Spay and neuter are terms used for the surgical procedures used to prevent an animal from being able to give birth or cause a pregnancy. For the female, their inner parts are removed, making it so she will no longer go into heat and get pregnant. The male undergoes a procedure where his testicles are nipped, and he no longer can get a female pregnant. These procedures are called the same regardless of the animal species.

Benefits For Your Pets

The obvious benefit is making sure that your pet isn't responsible for unwanted litters of puppies or kittens in a world with full shelters trying to find homes for thousands of unwanted animals. In addition to that, there are many other benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered.

1. There is scientific proof that doing so prevents several kinds of cancer that could shorten your pet's life and cause a very poor quality of life before doing so.

2. A male dog will travel a mile or more when a female is in heat. By having him neutered, you take away his urge to wander. This reduces the chances of him getting lost or harmed by something like a car.

3. For some male dogs, neutering will help their temperament. They may become less likely to get aggressive or territorial. For cats, neutering helps prevent the male cat from constantly marking his territory.

4. This procedure also saves you money in the long run when you consider the cost of raising puppies or kittens or paying medical bills for things like testicular or ovarian cancer.

Having your pet spayed or neutered is an act of love that will help keep them happier and healthier throughout their lifetime.

Veterinarians Recommend Spay & Neuter

Hicks Animal Hospital can provide these simple procedures for pets in the Poplar Bluff area. Call us at (573) 686-1281 for an initial wellness check for your pet and talk with our staff about any questions you may have about your pet being spayed & neutered. We want your pet to have the best life possible and we know you want the same.

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