You have heard it time and time again. Spay or neuter your pets. Why are spaying and neutering such an important thing to do for your pets? Not familiar with the terms? Neutering your male pet is the removal of the testicles on the male dog or cat. Spaying of the female is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of your pet. These procedures generally require minimal hospitalization. Depending on the veterinarian performing the surgery, your pet could be sent home the same day or spend the night at the veterinarian’s office. As with any surgery, if any complications should arise, the pet could have to stay longer.
Why should you get your pet spayed or neutered?
- Spaying and neutering your pets is good for your community. It controls the animal population. This is especially true in areas where there are no leash or containment laws regarding pets. Animals that are allowed to roam will breed randomly. This will result in an overpopulation of animals and increase the number of strays.
- Neutering your male pet will keep him from trying to escape to mate with unspayed females in your neighborhood. Male dogs have been known to go to extremes to get to a female in heat. They will dig under fences, climb over fences, or escape in any way they can.
- The neutered males will not be prone to behavioral problems. Neutered dogs and cats will focus more of their attention on their family rather than trying to mark their territory. They will also be less aggressive if you get them neutered earlier.
- Neutering your male pet will also help prevent testicular cancer. This will give him a chance at a longer life.
- Spaying your female pets will prevent the female from going into heat. As you know, a female in heat can be pretty messy. If you have cats, it can be pretty annoying when they are in heat. They try to draw males to them by making awful meowing/howling sounds.
- Spaying your female pet will also enhance its life. It can help prevent breast cancer and other health issues, such as uterine infections. In order to get the best protection from these diseases, you should have your pet spayed as early as possible.
- Spaying and neutering your pets will also save you money in the long run. Having a litter of puppies can cost quite a bit of money. This is especially true if there are any health issues during the pregnancy.
There are probably a lot more reasons. This only hits a few points. I own 5 dogs and 4 cats, all of which are spayed and neutered. I do not have to deal with any of the mating behaviors and rituals with any of my babies. It makes me feel better knowing that I am not contributing to pet overpopulation.