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You may have a to-do list of important things your pet needs, from the right type of food to a particular tartar-control chew toy. But you need to make sure you've also added spay or neuter surgery to that list. These sexual sterilization procedures aren't just birth control; they also provide your pet with a lifetime's worth of critical wellness benefits. Here at Acacia Pet Clinic, we're proud to serve as a source of spay and neuter surgery for San Jose and South Bay CA pets.
Why would sterilizing your pet be considered an important health and wellness step by our vet clinic? To understand that, it's important to know what these operations involve. Neuter surgery is the removal of the testes, or male sex organs, while spay surgery, ovariohysterectomy, is the removal of the ovaries and uterus in a female animal. These reproductive organs are prone to some serious health problems, including aggressive, potentially deadly cancers. Simply removing the organs instantly eliminates the possibility of your pet developing testicular, ovarian, or uterine cancer. The reproductive organs also produce hormones that figure in mammalian cancer and other ailments, so spay or neuter surgery reduces the risk of these complaints as well.
Even your pet's behavior can improve as a result of spay and neuter surgery. Be removing the sources of sexual urges, our veterinarian also removes compulsions to go roaming late at night (possibly into harmful situations) and display aggressive behaviors around other creatures. Your pet will lead a safe, happier life as a result. Last but not least, don't forget that sterilization benefits the whole animal community by controlling the overall pet population -- ensuring more resources for animals and less need to destroy unwanted pets.
Spay and neuter surgeries are both very safe, familiar procedures. While a spay surgery may take an hour or longer for some pets, neuter surgery usually takes just a few minutes. These operations can be tolerated in animals as young as 8 weeks of age. Our veterinarian recommends that you schedule them as early in your pet's life as possible so that we can make these changes in your pet's body before puberty. But even an older pet can benefit from spay or neuter surgery.
Our San Jose animal hospital can help you give your pet optimal quality of life with the aid of preventative care, including spay and neuter surgery. Call 408-264-6354 today!
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