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Depending on where you get your pet, you may be able to decide whether or not to neuter him. Pets picked up from the SPCA or Humane Society are always spayed or neutered prior to your bringing them home. The pets you get from breeders and pet stores are usually not spayed or neutered, which allows you the option of breeding them. Neutering your pet is the easiest way to combat the continually growing problem of strays and disease from the millions of unwanted dogs and cats abandoned outdoors.

The neutering process is the removal of your male cat or dogís reproductive organ, resulting in a completely sterile pet. Many other animals can get neutered, such as ferrets, rabbits, horses, and cows. When this operation is performed on a female animal, it is referred to as ďspayingĒ and produces the same result as neutering does in a male animal.

Once your male pet has been neutered, he will no longer have any desire or ability to reproduce with other animals. This can make your male cat or dog much less curious about exploring the outside world or covering large ground when he does. Additionally, neutering your pet can cause him to become less aggressive and less responsive to females in heat. It is still possible for a neutered animal to become aggressive with people or other animals, so itís not advisable to unleash neutered dogs or to relax your monitoring of your petís behavior.

Neutering is a surgery and your pet needs to be under anesthesia before it begins. Once your pet is asleep, the veterinarian performing the surgery will remove your petís testes. Expect him to stay overnight in the vetís office for observation. Once your pet is sent home, you will be asked to monitor him and make sure he does not run or jump until the stitches heal. Additionally, you will need to make sure he doesnít chew on the stitches. If this becomes a problem, your pet may need to wear a cone to prevent him from accessing the affected area until it has healed sufficiently.

After the neutering is complete, you may notice your pet putting on some extra weight and acting more lethargic than before the surgery. This is a normal side effect of neutering and is easy to overcome. It is important to meet with your veterinarian and develop an eating and exercise plan for your pet in order to ensure that any weight gain following surgery is prevented.

Related topics: Cat Health Problems, Dog Health Problems

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