The veterinarians and team at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in Jacksonville and St. Johns, Florida, take great pride in being responsible community stewards, as well as in being exceptional partners in the health of our clients’ dogs and cats. One of the best things that you can do for your pet, your household, and, yes, our community is to have your female dogs or cats undergo a spay procedure (ovariohysterectomy) and to have your male dogs or cats undergo a neuter process (orchiectomy).
We’ve highlighted a few of the reasons that your pets should have these commonplace and safe procedures as soon as they possibly can. Our veterinarians advise on the best timing to do so by accounting for factors such as each pet’s species (cat or dog), breed, size, sex, age, and health status.
For the long, healthy life of your furry friend
Unaltered dogs and cats are at increased risk of developing deadly medical conditions. The American Animal Hospital Association reports that spaying female dogs or cats “drastically slash” their risk of developing mammary cancers of the breast tissue. This type of cancer is reportedly 50% and 90% lethal among female canines and felines, respectively. Researchers have noted that the more heat cycles female dogs or cats go through before spaying, the more likely they are to be diagnosed with mammary cancer.
For unaltered male dogs and cats, major health threats are presented by the increased risk of developing prostate disease or testicular cancers. All in all, neutering and spaying play a protective role in preventing those conditions that can dramatically alter the quality of your pet’s life or substantially shorten their lifespans.
For the healthiest relationships between humans and pets
Unneutered and non-spayed dogs and cats tend to “act out” in many different ways. The urge to mate may be so great that your pet will go to extreme lengths to reproduce, which may include frequent ingenious escapes. Every time your pet escapes, they are at increased risk of being hurt by other animals or people or getting hit by vehicles. Additionally, intact male and female pets can be aggressive toward other household pets and people. Other unpleasant behaviors that can affect the happiness of your household include:
- Frequent or very loud vocalizations, such as yowling
- Inappropriate elimination outside of litter boxes or on furniture
- Persistent and extreme affection (associated with females “in heat”)
- Embarrassing “mounting” of people and objects
Spaying and neutering your pets avoid these unhealthy behaviors. Also, you can enjoy stronger relationships with your pet; for instance, neutered male cats and dogs tend to be more friendly and “people-oriented” than intact male pets, who may display aggressive, aloof, or wandering tendencies. Plus, your household is less likely to go through the trauma of a pet developing preventable cancer, uterine infection, or prostate disease. Preventive services have the additional benefit of being far more cost-effective than treatments designed to resolve existing conditions and restore a pet’s health and wellbeing.
For the good of society
The heartbreaking reality is that there are more pets than homes. By preventing your pet from reproducing, you are helping to control the pet population. You are doing your part to minimize the number of pets euthanized each year and the number of strays in our community. You also set an excellent example for other pet owners, including the “next-generation” of pet owners – your children! We encourage you to contact us today to schedule your pet’s appointment at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming. Call (904) 720-4272 to book a visit at our Jacksonville location. If our St. Johns office is more convenient for you, please call (904) 720-4275.
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Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming
At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high-quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns location only) for dogs and cats. Our primary commitment is to provide your companion animals with the highest quality medical care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent yet affordable veterinary care. At Bluestar, we also think that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of you and your pet are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve clients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210, and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery, techniques, advanced diagnostic testing, or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies. At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!