Tops Benefits of Spaying/Neutering your Pet
Spaying/neutering is the most common elective surgery amongst domestic animals. The procedure involves the removal of the reproductive organs so that your pet can no longer impregnate a female/become pregnant themselves. Most vets recommend that pets are spayed/neutered as early on in their lives as possible. Most dogs can be done from around 8 weeks old so long as they are healthy, and females should ideally be spayed before their first heat to ensure the greatest health benefits. However, if you have an older animal that hasn’t been neutered before, don’t fear. In most cases, it is still quite safe to neuter an older animal.
There are many reasons why getting your pet spayed/neutered should be one of the most important things that you should do for them.
Health benefits of spaying/neutering your pet
Contrary to what many people believe, the neutering process doesn’t just prevent unwanted pregnancy, although that is certainly part of it. And being pregnant/giving birth does come with health risks of their own. However, research has also found that there are some other advantages to your pet’s wellbeing when you get them neutered.
In female pets…
- The risk of breast cancer, which is fatal in around half of the dogs and 90% of cats, is drastically reduced.
- The risk of ovarian and uterine cancer is eliminated.
- Uterine infections like pyometra, which are painful and serious, are also prevented.
In male pets…
- Neutering prevents some prostate problems.
- The risk of testicular cancer is eliminated.
Behavioral benefits of spaying/neutering your pet
Hormone fluctuations can make even the most well-behaved pets exhibit some less than desirable traits from time to time. When you get your pet spayed/neutered, you can eliminate or at least reduce many of these behaviors. These include:
- Yowling and other excessive vocalization, which is your pet ‘calling’ for a mate.
- Frequent urination, which can cause accidents, which is seen in females in heat.
- Aggression in males.
- Urine spraying/marking which is common in male animals.
- Roaming, which males are prone to doing to try and find a mate.
- Your female won’t experience bleeding which would otherwise occur when she goes into a heat cycle.
Reducing the number of animals without permanent homes
If you weren’t already aware, the U.S. is in the grip of a pop overpopulation crisis. There around 70 million stray animals in the U.S. with around 6-8 million going into shelters or other temporary accommodation each year. There are several reasons why animals are given up for adoption or, in some heartbreaking cases, abandoned. These include:
- Not having the funds to care for them
- Exchanging an older pet for a much younger one
- Not realizing the commitment that is involved in caring for a pet
- Not having enough space to look after a pet
- A change in personal circumstances
- Unwanted pregnancy
Unfortunately, there is simply not enough space or money to care for all of the animals in the country who don’t have permanent homes. This means that countless are euthanized every year, simply because there aren’t the resources available to keep them healthy and happy.
If you would like more information about the benefits of spaying/neutering your pet, please speak to our experienced team today.