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Pets are often jokingly depicted as living in mortal fear of being neutered by their veterinarian -- but the truth is that neutering is one of the nicest things you can do for your beloved pal. This procedure to surgically sterilize male animals offers some important, possibly even lifesaving health and behavioral benefits, especially when it is performed before the age of sexual maturity. That's why our vet team at Solomons Veterinary Medical Center recommends that you schedule neuter surgery for the male cats and dogs in your life.
Neuter surgery (castration) is the removal of the testes. It is a very quick and simple procedure performed under anesthesia as an outpatient surgery. In both cats and dogs, the testes are extracted through an incision in the scrotum; the testicular blood supply and the spermatic cords that convey sperm from the testes are tied off or otherwise sealed. While the incision is usually sealed shut in dogs, it may be left open to drain in cats.
"Intact" pets face many problems that their neutered brethren do not. For one thing, the testes may fall prey to testicular cancer, while the hormones they produce also add to the risk of prostate disease. The sex hormones also drive them to act aggressively toward humans and other animals, possibly leading to fights or attacks. The quest for a mate may also drive your pet out of the house at night -- and into harm's way.
Neuter surgery from your Solomons veterinarian helps to free your pet from these very real concerns. Removal of the testes also removes the risk of testicular cancer even as it lowers the risk of prostate disease. Without the hormonal roller coaster triggered by those organs, your pet is also likely to be calmer and less aggressive around other animals. He will also be more content to remain in and around the safety of his home instead of prowling into unfamiliar territory.
The timing of neuter surgery can make a big difference in the benefits your pet receives. Our Solomons vet team recommends having this procedure done during the first year of life before the animal becomes sexually mature. In fact, neutering can be safely performed on pets as young as 8 weeks of age.
Now that you know how important it is to provide neutering for your pet early in life, call Solomons Veterinary Medical Center today at (410) 326-4300 to schedule this procedure. Do your friend a big favor by optimizing his health and happiness for life!