Spaying and neutering refer to the surgical sterilization of an animal so that it cannot reproduce. With so many homeless pets and not enough homes to go around, spaying or neutering your pets helps to decrease the number of healthy, loving pets who are euthanized. But sterilization isn't just about helping with the pet overpopulation problem; there are many benefits of spaying or neutering your pet.
Dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered when they're babies, or the procedure can be done any time throughout adulthood as well. Females should be spayed before their first heat. The procedure is routine and recovery is usually unremarkable, with pets recovering quickly. Some of the benefits of spaying and neutering include:
Helping to reduce the number of homeless pets is a great reason to spay or neuter... but there are so many other benefits of spaying and neutering your pet, too. Contact your local humane society, SPCA, or vet clinic if you need assistance with spay / neuter costs; some organizations offer low-cost clinics for pet owners who need a little help.
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