If you have recently gotten a new kitten or puppy, one of the most important health decisions you can make is to have him or her neutered or spayed. Spaying, the removal of the ovaries and uterus in female pets, provides lifelong health benefits while neutering, the removal of the testicles on male pets, reduces behavioral issues and protects against certain types of cancers.
Spaying Reduces the Risk of Health Problems
Spaying a female cat or dog prevents uterine infections. It also helps prevent malignant (cancerous) breast tumors in 50% or dogs and 90% of cats. Getting your cat or dog spayed before her first heat cycle provides the best protection against uterine infections and breast cancer.
Neutering Prevents Diseases, Too
Neutering your male pet prevents the development of testicular cancer. It also prevents some prostate issues.
Spaying Eliminates the Heat Cycle
Heat cycles may vary some, but in general, female cats are in heat for four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. To attract a mate, female cats will yowl and urinate more often. It’s not uncommon for a female cat in heat to urinate throughout your home.
Neutering Reduces Behavior Problems in Males
Male cats and dogs will do just about anything to find a female to mate with. If your male pet happens to get free, he’s prone to injury and fights with other males. Neutered males aren’t tempted to escape your home or yard.
An unaltered male dog may urinate to mark his territory. Getting him neutered will reduce or even eliminate this behavior. An unaltered male cat has a strong desire to spray. Getting your kitten neutered before he turns four months old is best, given that kittens younger than four months of age haven’t begun to spray yet. Neutering resolves 90% of spraying in male cats, even if they have been spraying for a while already.
Neutering a male dog also reduces aggressive behavior. Research indicates that most dog bites are caused by unaltered males. Neutering also reduces mounting, barking, and other dominance-related behaviors.
Spaying or neutering your pet saves you money. Unaltered males are more likely to fight each other, which often leads to costly veterinary bills to treat a pet’s injuries. Additionally, reproductive cancers cost thousands of dollars to treat. If the cost of a spay or neuter surgery is a concern for you, check out low-cost spay and neuter clinics in your area.
Reduces Pet Overpopulation
Millions of cats and dogs of all breeds and ages are euthanized each year in shelters. You can easily prevent unplanned litters by getting your pet spayed or neutered.
Spaying or neutering your cat or dog is very beneficial to your pet. With a simple spay or neuter surgery, you can help your pet live a healthier life, reduce behavioral issues, and help control pet overpopulation.