Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Spaying or Neutering

When a new pet joins your family, as a pet owner, you have many decisions to make in their care…..”What type of food should I buy?”, “Where should I get obedience training?”, “How can I house-train my pet quickly and efficiently?”. However, one of the most important decisions you can make involves spaying or neutering your pet. There are many myths out there, and it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Here are our top 5 reasons why this is a good decision.

Long Term Health Benefits

Both spaying (females) and neutering (males) offer multiple long term health benefits. One of the most important is reducing the likelihood of your pet developing cancer over the course of his or her lifetime. Neutering or spaying helps prevent testicular or prostate cancer in your male pet. Breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer in your female pet can also be averted and gives you more time to share your life with your pet. Additionally, for female pets, the risk of uterine infections is reduced.

Financial Savings

The cost of spaying or neutering your pet is miniscule in comparison to treating cancer or caring for a litter of puppies or kittens. Our veterinary staff will be able to fully detail the costs that you could expect both for the actual surgery and pain relief after the surgery. In combination with the other benefits of spaying or neutering, it becomes obvious that alteration is a good decision.

Stop the “Roaming Instinct”

Instinct is a very powerful “impulse” for our pets, especially for males, who are prone to leaving your property in search for a mate. Neutering reduces aggression (and opportunities for biting), the probability of being involved in a traumatic accident, i.e. running around neighborhood and being hit by a car, and excessive marking. Keep in mind that aggression is very different than the protective instinct, and neutering will not make your pet less of a watchdog for your home.

Help Improve Behavior

Male pets, prior to neutering, may be prone to excessive aggression or fighting with any other animal perceived as a pet. Keep in mind, that if you have an unspayed female pet, every unneutered male may be attempting to make an appearing in your yard or at your doorstep. Overall, your pet may seem just simply “calmer” and less driven by  compulsive instincts to reproduce - making them a better family pet.

Spaying and Neutering Helps Reduce Euthanasias and Pet Overpopulation

Tragically, millions of pets are euthanized each year due to pet overpopulation. Furthermore, roaming pets may meet a horrible demise in traffic accidents, or being lost, when compelled by their natural instinct to roam. Feral pets, unplanned pets, and pets who are turned into shelters may run into overcrowding and meet an end to their life simply because there is not enough space. By preventing overpopulation from occuring in the first place, this tragedy can be avoided.

If it’s time to spay or neuter your pet (usually between 6-12 months of age) or if you’ve adopted an older pet who’s not been altered, make an appointment with us today to schedule this life-saving surgery for your pet.

Sources:
Decameron Web | Society, Brown University, www.brown.edu/Research/Colwill_Lab/CBP/spaynueter.htm.
“Spay/Neuter Your Pet.” ASPCA, www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet.
“Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet.” WebMD, WebMD, pets.webmd.com/reasons-spay-neuter-pet.
“Why Spay or Neuter?” Petfinder, www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-health/why-spay-or-neuter/.

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