Saturday, 19 December 2015

Elmhurst Animal Care Center - The Benefits of Neutering are Numerous, and Include Longer Life

Elmhurst Animal Care Center offers spaying and neutering services for dogs and cats, and recommends this procedure for puppies and kittens between 4 and 6 months of age. There are definite health benefits in neutering for the pet as serious medical problems can be averted, and of course the control for overpopulation of animals is always a consideration. Before any surgical procedure, Elmhurst veterinarians do a physical exam, a blood screening and an electrocardiogram, and the procedure is performed with anesthesia. Neutered pets are discharged the same day as the procedure, while the spaying procedure requires an overnight for the animal. Any medications which are required can be filled onsite, and complete postoperative care instructions are given upon release. As with any surgery, it is important to report any stress of the pet to the veterinarian immediately.

The word neuter comes from Latin, meaning of neither sex. To neuter is to remove all or part of an animal’s reproductive organ, and refers to animals of either sex. If one is speaking of males only, castration is the proper term, while to spay refers to the neutering of females. In horses, castration of the male horse is called gelding. Veterinarians refer to the practice as desexing. Humane societies, animal rescue organizations and animal shelters overwhelmingly promote neutering of pets, feeling that overpopulation of companion animals has resulted in a glut of unwanted animals. State regulations sometimes require adopted and rescued cats, kittens, dogs and puppies to be neutered before going to homes.