The Many Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
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.
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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
- Prevents pregnancy and the costs and complications arising from
pregnancy and delivery;
- Eliminates the heat cycle in females - you won't have to listen to the
sounds of your female pet in heat, trying to get out and find a mate;
- Reduces the distracting and destructive behavior associated with the
male's efforts to get out and find a mate;
- Prevents unwelcome males from trying to seek out your female pet in heat;
- Reduces the urge to roam. This makes it less likely that you will
lose your pet,
which in turn makes your pet less likely to contract a disease, get in
a fight, get injured, or become a victim to cruelty, poison, or traffic;
- Eliminates sexual discomfort, distress, or distraction ... making your pet
calmer and more content;
- Reduces or eliminates the possibility of disease in the reproductive system
in females, and eliminates testicular tumors and reduces prostate gland problems
- In cats, neutering stops or reduces marking behavior (territorial spraying of
- Reduces the urge to fight;
- Many municipalities offer reduced licensing fees for spayed or neutered pets.
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.