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Common Misconceptions About Spaying and Neutering Pets

Spaying and neutering are common, important procedures universally recommended by veterinarians. However, some pet owners hesitate to get their pets spayed or neutered due to some common misconceptions about these procedures. Here’s a look at some of the most prevalent myths about spaying and neutering.

Myth: Spaying and neutering involves unnecessary anesthesia.

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that require general anesthesia. While it is normal to be concerned about placing a pet under anesthesia, it’s important to recognize that the risks are relatively low for pets. Veterinarians use sophisticated equipment to monitor your pet throughout the surgery while they are under anesthesia. As with any medical procedure, there are risks, but these are generally far outweighed by the health benefits associated with spaying and neutering.

Myth: Selling my pet’s puppies and kittens can be a profitable side hustle.

Some pet owners assume that breeding their pets can be a profitable side business, but the costs associated with raising a litter and caring for a pregnant pet, can leave you barely making a profit. Plus, there’s a significant investment in time and space needed to successfully breed pets.

Myth: My pet’s personality will change after spaying or neutering.

Spaying and neutering can affect your pet’s behavior, but these changes will be largely positive. For example, male pets who are neutered are less likely to mark their territory. Both male and female pets tend to be less aggressive and confrontational after being altered.

Myth: Spaying or neutering will make my pet lazy. 

While it is true that spaying and neutering may reduce your pet’s drive to wander and play, you can continue to encourage your pet to stay active and healthy with daily walks, playtime, and toys. Additionally, you can help your pet stay at a healthy weight by ensuring that you are feeding them the right food in the appropriate amounts.

Spaying and neutering your pet is an important step for managing their health. Contact your veterinarian to learn more about these procedures and get answers to all of your questions.

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