Your pets, both female and male can benefit from being spayed or neutered. The choice to spay or neuter your pet is something very important to consider. You should weigh out all the options and discuss with your veterinarian to make the very best choice for your pet. Spaying is a surgical sterilization done to female animals to extract the ovaries and uterus. Neutering is a procedure done to the male dog or cat by removing the testicles.
By spaying or neutering you can:
- Decrease the amount of homeless dogs and cats
- Protect your pet’s health
- Avoid disruptive behavior
- Save money on pet care
In the U.S. there are homeless dogs and cats everywhere. Each year millions of animals enter shelters. Less than half of these poor animals get adopted and the remaining are euthanized. The best way to help decrease these numbers is to spay or neuter your pets.
- Spaying helps females avoid uterine infections and breast cancer.
- Spayed pets don’t go into heat and don’t have the need to mate.
- Spaying and /or Neutering prevents overpopulation by having unwanted puppies or kittens.
- Your male dog will be less likely to get testicular cancer if he is neutered.
- A neutered dog or cat won’t have the urge to find a mate and will be more behaved.
When dogs and cats are in heat, they go wandering and come in contact with other animals, get hit by cars and many other undesirable situations.
Pets who have been spayed or neutered are less aggressive. They also tend to bark less. Dogs who are not neutered are prone to urine marking which is when they lift their leg to urine. Cats that are not “fixed” have the urge to spray, which can create a horrible odor in your home. This problem would be minimized or eliminated by spay or neutering.
Having your pet spayed or neutered has no effect on his intellect or learning capabilities. The procedure produces a kind of calming effect, which makes these pets better companions.
Are there risks involved with spaying and neutering? There are risks and possible complications, as with all surgical procedures. Your pet could be at risk for incontinence and some forms of cancer. Prior to the procedure your pet will be examined thoroughly to make sure they are in good health and can undergo the stress. You will be asked to keep your pet in a clean, quiet and peaceful environment after surgery.
You can be confident in your decision to spay or neuter knowing that these procedures are the most common done by veterinarians. The benefits far outweigh the risks. Many shelters and clinics offer free of low cost spay or neutering so there is finances should not stand in your way.