Hopefully, you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day!! For some of you, romance may mean a little one may be joining you in nine months:-)  However, there are many dogs and cats out there whose romantic encounters are filling our wonderful shelters with excessive numbers of puppies and kittens who will never find their forever home.  Spaying and neutering your pets is the best way to keep the pet overpopulation problem down.

Not only does spaying and neutering decrease pet overpopulation, but it also has many health benefits. Spaying a female before they have undergone many heat cycles will nearly eliminate the risk of developing mammary cancer, will prevent ovarian and uterine cancers, and also eliminate pyometritis(an life-threatening uterine infection).  In males, neutering will prevent BPH(benign prostatic hypertrophy) and eliminate testicular tumors.birddogincage

Spaying and neutering will also decrease a lot of aggression issues and some other unwanted behaviors. For example, intact males will often tear apart houses and wander neighborhoods in search of females.

We at Orchard Road Animal Hospital offer the newest in technology including state-of-the art monitoring equipment, certified technicians, laser surgery, in-house diagnostic blood analyzers and my favorite…a caring staff that I would stack up against any other and have cared for my animals many times!!

If you have any questions, stop by and ask. We’ll give you a tour, answer any questions and even show you some pictures of the process in action.

Thanks for reading!

Dr. Huffman