For over 30 years we heard Bob Barker of the Price is Right signature sign off,
“Help control the pet population. Have your pet spay or neutered!” His public service announcement undoubtedly raised awareness of the operation and benefits that reach beyond unwanted pets!
February is spay/neuter awareness month! With health and wellness top of mind for your pet, let’s take a closer look at what it actually is, why it’s important, and where you can have your pet spayed/neutered right here in Frederick.
What is Spay/Neutering?
Spay and neutering are surgical procedures to help prevent pet reproduction. Spay (for females) is the removal of the uterus and ovaries. Neuter (for males) is the removal of testicles.
Why is Spay/Neutering Important?
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that approximately 6.5 million animals enter the shelter or rescue system annually. Of those 6.5 million animals, only an estimated 3.2 million find their way out of the shelter or rescue and into a home.
Aside from helping control the pet population, there are some health and behavioral benefits from spay/neutering your pet.
- Lowers the risk of reproductive illness/disease such as cancer.
- Eliminates the desire to spray or mark territory.
- Reduces the desire to roam.
- Promotes calming behavior
Where are Frederick’s Spay and Neuter Clinics?
Frederick County Humane Society
550 Highland St., Ste 220
Frederick, MD 21701
Connie Graf (301) 694-8300
New Market Animal Hospital
10609 Old National Pike
New Market, MD 21771
Low-cost feline spay/neuter procedures. Call or visit their website for details.
PVC – Prospect Veterinary Clinic
411 South Jefferson St
Frederick, MD 21701
Spay/Neutering is a relatively common procedure, but there are some risks associated with the operation. Take the time to fully discuss the procedure with your vet. Costs range depending on the size of your pet, but generally outweigh the potential costs associated with the treatment of an illness. Most pets will appear quiet for the first 24 hours post-op as the anesthetic wears off, and generally back to themselves within the following 24-48 hours. The incision should heal within 7-10 days and it’s important to prevent licking or scratching the area during this time.
You love your pet just as much as they love you! Help them live a longer, happier, healthier life, have your pet spay or neutered!