One of the most popular types of surgery people choose to have for their dog or cat is spay or neuter surgery. Primarily, these surgeries prevent pregnancy, but it also helps by reducing the chance of some cancers and can reduce some aggressive or other unwanted behaviors.
Spay/Neuter - Benefits for You and Your Pet
Your companion will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience fewer headaches if you get him or her spayed or neutered.
Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates:
- The odds of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
- Frustration in resisting the natural urge to mate. Your companion will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more contented member of your family.
- The animal's need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.
- Messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
- The tendency to bite. However, your pet will still be protective of his home and family even after being altered. Aggression is different from protectiveness.
- Spraying, wailing, marking territory, or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.
- The extra expense for food or veterinary care in the event of an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens.
Spay/Neuter - Benefits for Your Community
- Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of strays and unwanted animals in a community.
- Stray animals get into garbage cans, scare people, cause car accidents, and damage property.
- Irresponsible or accidental breeding contributes to dog attacks and bites.
- Some stray animals kill or injure wildlife.
- Communities spend millions of tax dollars every year to provide care for unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals.