Top 6 Health Benefits of Neutering Your Pet
If you have recently adopted a pet or if you are considering adoption you need to make a decision regarding spaying or neutering your new four-legged family member. Aside from the obvious benefit of no unwanted litters and controlling pet population, there are very real health benefits for pets that are spayed or neutered that you should talk to your vet about.
Here is a quick list of the top 6 benefits for your pet:
- Female pets have a better chance to live longer and healthier lives when they have been spayed. If spayed before her first heat, spaying can prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
- If male pets are neutered before they reach six months old, they will most likely never develop testicular cancer.
- Spaying a female eliminates the behavior that accompanies females when they go "into heat" during the breeding season. That behavior can mean yowling, and frequent urination in an attempt to attract a mate and that can not only be uncomfortable for the pet but a real mess and annoyance in the house.
- Male pets are not much better than females when they have the urge to mate. They will do anything to include digging under fences to get outside to find a female. While they are roaming the neighborhood they are susceptible to traffic and other males who will fight for breeding rights. Neutering eliminates this behavior and keeps your pal close to home.
- A common myth is that neutering and spaying will make your pet fat. It simply isn't true. Overfeeding a pet or not exercising it is the cause of obesity in pets, not neutering.
- Neutering is cost effective compared to the cost of caring for an unwanted litter. Also the preventive value of neutering minimizes the risk of having to pay for expensive diseases or injuries caused by roaming behavior.
Neutering or spaying your pet is one of the smartest things you can do for your pet's health and for your life as a pet owner. The surgery required is considered routine, is a same day procedure for most pets and is priced to make it affordable for almost anyone. And we offer grants for low or no cost to spay or neuter cats.