3 Misconceptions About Pet Spaying

Posted on: 6 August 2017

Most pet owners have heard that spaying is ideal, but misconceptions can sometimes make it difficult to tell the difference between the truth and fiction about the procedure. Even though the misconceptions are likely spread by well-meaning other pet owners, they can be harmful to the pets. If you are unsure if spaying your pet is the right move, here is the truth about some of those myths.

You Should Wait Until Your Pet Has One Heat Before Spaying

One of the most commonly believed myths about spaying is that you should wait until your pet has gone through heat at least once. However, spaying your pet before then is a good idea. Spaying helps to avoid accidental pregnancy. The birth of a litter could mean additional expenses for you and your family.

Another reason for spaying your pet now is that the procedure could lower the risk of cancer. For instance, research shows that a dog who is spayed before its first birthday is less likely to have reproductive cancer.  

Spaying Causes Your Dog to Become Fat and Lazy

Spaying has various effects on your pet, but one of them is not that it will become fat and lazy. The thought that the pet will become fat and lazy is formed from the belief that the procedure somehow slows the metabolism of the pet. The reality is that your pet's weight and activity level are directly impacted by other factors and not spaying.

If you notice a change in your pet's weight and activity level following the procedure, it is likely due to overeating and decreased physical activity. Modifications to your pet's diet and activities could make a difference. Talk to your vet about ways to safely make lifestyle changes for your pet.

The Procedure Is Too Expensive

Spaying is one of the responsibilities that come with being a pet owner. Unfortunately, some pet owners do not have the financial resources for spaying and are unable to have it done. An inability to pay does not translate to not caring for a pet. Fortunately, there are ways to make the procedure more affordable.

Some local shelters have discounted spaying procedures available. You can also contact national pet organizations to learn about free or low-cost procedures in nearby areas.

Consult with a vet, such as from All Creatures Animal Hospital, if you are still unsure if spaying your pet is the right option. He or she can answer any additional concerns you have about spaying your pet.