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Posted on 10-25-2016
As a responsible pet owner, you can make a huge difference in the number of dogs and cats euthanized every year by getting your pet spayed or neutered at our animal hospital in Pasadena, MD. Not only does a simple sterilization procedure prevent pregnancy but can also protect your pet against serious health issues and may help reduce aggressive or roaming behavior in male dogs and cats. Getting your pet fixed also eliminates the female dog or cat heat cycle known for causing loud, continuous meowing in cats and restlessness and excessive licking in dogs.
Your Pasadena veterinarian will discuss several sterilization options prior to your pet undergoing surgery. A surgical sterilization procedure involves the vet removing reproductive organs responsible for creating and maintaining a pregnancy. For example, a standard spaying is called an ovariohysterectomy, which removes your pet's uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. A standard neutering procedure is called an orchiectomy, which removes the testes of your male cat or dog.
Alternatives to a standard spaying or neutering pet surgery include a hysterectomy or a vasectomy. Only the uterus and a portion of the fallopian tubes are removed during a hysterectomy for female dogs and cats. Although your pet cannot get pregnant after a hysterectomy, her ovaries will continue producing hormones.
Male dogs and cats receiving a vasectomy have their vas deferens (the tube leading from the testes) removed but not their testes. Because their testes continue making testosterone, a vasectomy probably won't eliminate breeding and roaming behaviors in male pets.
Lake Shore Animal Hospital serves pets and their owners in the Pasadena area, including Lake Shore, Riviera Beach, Severna Park and other surrounding communities. If you are worried about your furry friend undergoing pet surgery, rest assured we understand your anxiety and will do everything possible to ease your fears. Contact us today at 410-317-2028.
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