Top 3 Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
If you’re a pet lover like us, you want to make sure your furry family members are as happy and healthy as they can be!
You may be wondering why it’s important to spay or neuter, and how it could possibly benefit your new friend. Many people are a bit skeptical of spaying and neutering – but once you know the facts, we promise it’s an easy decision!
1. Pawsitive Health Benefits
Spaying and neutering brings a host of excellent health benefits for pets, improving their quality of life and possibly even lengthening their days with us.
Health Benefits for Female Cats
- Helps prevent breast cancer when spayed before her first heat cycle (around 6 months) – most cats who develop breast cancer have not been spayed… and 80% of their tumors become malignant
- Eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer
Health Benefits for Female Dogs
- Prevents a potentially life threatening uterine infection called “pyometra”, during which the uterus fills with up to 2 litres of pus
- Helps prevent breast cancer when spayed before her first heat cycle (around 6 months) – dogs spayed before their first heat cycle are 500 times less likely to develop mammary cancer
- Eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer
Health Benefits for Male Pets
- Eliminates testicular conditions such as cancer, trauma, and infection
- Prevents many benign prostate gland diseases
- Likely prevention of hernias and peri-anal tumors
2. Better Behaviour
On top of those health benefits, spaying and neutering can lead to better behaviour from our pets, which keeps them safer and their owners happier!
Spaying or neutering your pet reduces roaming behaviour – this matters for a bunch of reasons. Pets who aren’t roaming are safer from external hazards (like cars!) and are less likely to be exposed to diseases from other animals, infections, and abscesses. For example, cats who are roaming are more likely to wander into other cats’ territories and are much more likely to pick up diseases transmitted through cat bite, including AIDS-like syndromes and Feline Leukemia Virus.
On top of that, male pets who are neutered are less aggressive and display fewer testosterone-driven behaviours like urine marketing. Female pets who are spayed do not go into heat or estrus, which prevents behaviours like howling and inappropriate elimination.
Contrary to rumour, spaying and neutering do not cause undesired personality changes like decreased playfulness, intelligence, or affection. In fact, “fixed” pets tend to be calmer and happier!
3. Help Decrease Pet Numbers and Save Animal’s Lives
The last benefit is a biggie! Spaying or neutering your pet means they can’t get pregnant or get other animals pregnant. This means fewer unwanted pets waiting to be adopted or – often in the case of kittens – living in the wild and suffering from the elements, starvation, and predators.
Cats and dogs can get pregnant as soon as they have their first heat (typically around 6 months, although some may have it sooner). Cats can have up to three litters per year and dogs can have up to two. That can quickly add up to a lot of new animals!
According to the most recent statistics from The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS), although the trend is going in a positive direction, shelters still took over 82,000 cats and 35,000 dogs in 2015. Over 18,000 of those animals were euthanized. If we spay and neuter, we can help the shelters reduce the number of unwanted pets!
Don’t let cost be a factor in your decision to spay or neuter. It’s the best thing for your pet, and you will want to get the surgery done at a reputable veterinary clinic that will take the best possible care of your pet before, during, and after the procedure. Make sure all the factors involved in safety and comfort are included for your pet during and after surgery.
So if you have a pet who hasn’t been neutered or spayed yet, schedule the surgery as soon as possible to keep them healthy, happy, and safe!
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