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Dr. James Thorsen, Veterinary Medicine

The Importance of Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered By Dr. James Thorsen

By Dr. James Thorsen

At the Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, we offer a full range of pet veterinary services, including laser surgery, blood analysis and urinalysis, dental care, X-rays, ultrasound, and spaying and neutering. Spaying describes an ovariohysterectomy procedure specific to female animals, while neutering technically refers to castration, although the word can also apply to both genders.

Both spaying and neutering have the same result: these procedures make an animal unable to reproduce. I consider these procedures critical to animal welfare because one fertile dog and her offspring can lead to 67,000 puppies in seven years, and one unspayed cat can result in 420,000 kittens over the same period. By managing pet populations, we ensure that all domestic animals have a home and a caring owner. Unfortunately, many stray animals wind up in shelters, which often euthanize unwanted cats and dogs.

Spaying and neutering also benefit pet owners in several ways.Neutered males are less likely to roam, chase females, and display aggression. Neutering male pets also saves on carpet cleaning expenses, as neutered males rarely mark their territory. Spayed females do not display nesting behavior or experience bleeding when in heat. In addition, sterilized pets of both genders bite humans far less often. I am always happy to talk with customers about the specific health benefits of spaying and neutering. Neutering results in elimination of testicular cancer and reduced rates of enlarged prostates and hernias. Advantages of spaying females include significantly reduced rates of breast cancer and elimination of serious uterine infections such as pyometra.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, contact the Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia at 706-323-5218 or ahcofcolumbus.com.

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