When you first get a new puppy or kitten, the last thing you probably want to think about is taking them in for a surgical procedure. However, it’s very advantageous for you and your pet’s health that you do! Spaying and neutering refer to the surgical procedure that sterilizes the animal so they cannot reproduce. This procedure has a number of advantages and is definitely something you should do for your pet!Did You Know?Every day 10,000 humans are born in the United States. And every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. If these birth rates continue, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result of these birth rates every year, 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there are no homes to care for them.The only way to stop this suffering is to spay and neuter your pet! Communities spend millions of dollars trying to control and eliminate unwanted animals. Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of random dog bites and attacks. Animal shelters are already overburdened with surplus animals, so the best way you can help is to spay or neuter your pet, be part of the solution, not the problem.
Health BenefitsOne of the best health care choices you can make for your pet is to have them spay or neutered. Scheduling this procedure early in their life will help prevent health problems as they get older. It’s a huge myth that pets become fat or lazy after being spayed or neutered. They actually live healthier, longer lives!Spaying females helps eliminate:
• Mammary tumors
• Uterine infections
• Tumors of the ovaries or uterus
• Stress, leading to increased susceptibility to disease
• Pregnancy and complications resulting from pregnancy & delivery
• Ovarian cancer
• Breast cancerNeutering males helps reduce or eliminate:
• Territoriality and aggression, including fighting and marking.
• Wandering and escaping
• Prostate enlargement
• Prostate tumors and infections
• Tumors of the testicles, penis, and anal area
• Prostate cancer
• Stress leading to increased susceptibility to diseaseIt’s Good For You Too!A spayed or neutered pet is actually a much better companion! They are more affectionate and less likely to wander away from home, making them less likely to get lost, get into a fight, contract a disease, or become a victim of cruelty, poison, or traffic. Altered pets also won’t spray and mark their territory and they are much less likely to bite! An unaltered animal usually exhibits more behavioral and temperamental problems than altered animals.
When Do I Have It Done?Typically, pets are spayed/neutered when they are at least 5 or 6 months of age. However, with advances in technology and medicine, there is no longer any need to wait that long. Early age altering can be done when the animal is between the ages of 6 and 14 weeks old. Now that you’ve decided to have your pet sterilized, you should seek an experienced veterinarian office for additional information and to schedule the procedure.