The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pets
12 February, 2013
In honor of February being the National Spay and Neuter Awareness month, I thought that it would be important to remind every pet owner of its’ benefits. It is truly important not just for overpopulation, but for the overall health of your dog or cat.
Spaying is when your veterinarian removes the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. While not the most fun for your little gal, it requires only a short stay in the hospital and offers lifetime health benefits. Neutering is the removal of the testicles of your male dog or cat and mellows them out while keeping them closer to home.
Below are some of the benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered.
Spaying and Neutering helps fight overpopulation of cats and dogs.
As most pet owners know, there are thousands of cats and dogs in shelters that need homes. By spaying or neutering your own pet, you are ensuring that your cat or dog will not contribute to this problem. There are too many unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer in your female pets. Try to spay your cat or dog before they are in heat to ensure that they stay healthy. Your vet or adoption shelter will give you some advice about the timing, but usually this should be done before four months of age.
Neutering provides health benefits for your boy!
Similar to female pets, neutering your male pet can help to prevent testicular cancer; this should be done prior to six months of age.
Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
While each cat varies, most go into heat four to five days every three weeks upon maturity (usually 3 – 4 months). We’ve all heard the cries when a cat is in heat and they also urinate more often and not always in the litter box!
Your male dog will usually stay closer to home and behave better.
Male pets that aren’t neutered will do anything to find a mate. They become extremely hyper and want to steer away from the home (think of a teenage male!). When they are agitated and hyper, they become more aggressive and don’t behave as they should.
Neutered cats and dogs focus more on their families and aren’t distracted by hormonal changes.
It can be cost effective
The cost of your pet’s spay or neutering surgery is a lot less than the potential cost of having and caring for a litter. And, when you have the litter, you will have to spend the time finding your cats and dogs homes (unless you plan to keep them all). Again, this will add to overpopulation.
Spaying and neutering your pet prevents unwanted stray and feral pets.
Stray animals can contribute to a real and vital issue in the country. They can prey on wildlife and other outdoor cats, damage the local green life, and scare your kids. By spaying and neutering your pets, you will help reduce the number of feral animals on the street.
The benefits of spaying and neutering are endless. Please keep the above in mind when bringing a new dog or cat into your home.
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