5 Reasons You Need To Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Posted on October 19, 2017

spay and neuterNearly 70 percent of households in the United States own a pet.

Part of owning a pet is ensuring they remain happy and healthy. Part of this regiment should be to spay and neuter your pets.

Spaying involves removing a female pet’s uterus and ovaries. Neutering is the term for removing a male pet’s testicles. Both procedures have numerous benefits.

Do you still need some more convincing? Read below for five clear reasons you absolutely need to spay and neuter your pets.

1. Health Benefits

There are many health benefits when you spay and neuter your pets. Both males and females will generally live longer if they have the procedure done.

Animals are wired to have offspring and take care of them. This can be a stress on any pet so spaying and neutering can decrease the stress your pet would feel.

Ultimately if you do not plan on breeding your animal, you should spay and neuter them.

Preventing urinary tract infections is another benefit of getting your pet spayed and neutered. This is important to know for cats because urinary tract disease can be serious or even deadly for them.

Male pets will have a decreased testicular cancer risk once they are neutered. It also protects them from other issues such as cysts and abscesses.

Male pets also can suffer from perineal hernias that can lead to serious issues. It is thought testosterone causes these so neutering reduces the risk.

2. There are Cost Benefits to Spay and Neuter

Because spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce costly health issues down the road, it makes financial sense.

Just as neutering males can decrease cancer risks, having your female spayed will also decrease their cancer risk. Female animals are significantly less likely to develop uterine infections or breast cancer.

This is very important because both illnesses can be very fatal.

Paying for a spay/neuter procedure will also be much less money than it would cost to have and care for a litter of puppies or kittens. By having the surgery, you will also likely avoid costs associated with your pet

By having the surgery, you will also likely avoid other costs associated with your pet escaping from home. These include getting into fights or accidents.

3. Keep your Male Pets at Home

If you do not get your male pets neutered, they will always want to find a mate. Pets sometimes will dig under fences or even scratch through screen doors to seek out other animals.

This puts your pet at high risk for a car hitting them. They may also get into fights with other male animals.

Decreasing your pet’s desire to go out and find a mate will also lessen the chances they get out and get lost. Many lost animals are never returned home.

Make sure to microchip your pet so you can easily locate them if they get out.

If they successfully find a mate while out they will be contributing to the overpopulation and stray animal issue.

Neutered males will also have much better behavior. When pets are not focused on finding a mate, they will give their attention to you. Neutering can also help with aggressive behavior when done early.

One key behavior change from having your male neutered is a decrease in the mounting actions many dogs do while intact.

Neutered pets will also not mark their territory with urine. This will prevent foul odors from settling into your home.

4. Avoid Females Going Into Heat

By spaying your female pet, they will not go into heat. Time cycles can vary some, but usually female cats will go into heat for a few days every three weeks. Female dogs will go into heat for almost a month about twice a year.

Avoiding your pets going into heat can be a good thing because, during this time, they will be trying to attract a mate. This sometimes means constant howling or meowing and urination in the house.

Female dogs can also experience bloody discharge during heat. Spaying will avoid unfortunate stains around the house.

Additionally, when females go into heat and are not allowed to breed, they get frustrated. Because of this, unless you are planning to breed your female, you should always have her spayed.

5. Benefits the Community

Around 6.5 million pets end up in shelters each year. Many of these pets end up euthanized. Getting your pets spayed and neutered helps decrease these numbers by avoiding accidental pregnancies.

In addition to helping with overpopulation, you should spay and neuter pets to benefit your community in other ways.

Stray animals cause many problems. These include affecting natural wildlife, damaging plants, and scaring children and adults. Strays can also cause life-threatening car accidents.

Do your part and protect your community by properly taking care of your pets. Try avoiding feeding any stray animals that could end up accidentally harming your own pets.

Myths to Forget

Many pet owners do not spay or neuter their animals because they have incorrect information. Firstly, the procedure will not make your pet gain lots of weight.

The only cause of excessive weight gain is minimal exercise and too much food. Remember to provide daily exercise and be conscious of how much you are feeding them.

Another misconception is that neutering/spaying are miracle procedures for bad behavior. They certainly help, but there is no guarantee.

Be sure to handle any lingering behavior issues with obedience school or professional training.

What to Expect

Spaying and neutering both are major large surgeries, but they occur all the time. Keep your pet inside somewhere they can relax after the surgery.

Try to keep your pet as calm as possible while healing. The stitches will be removed ten to fourteen days later.

Schedule an Appointment

Now you should understand some of the reasons it is so important to spay and neuter your pet. Are you ready to schedule an appointment?

Contact us and we will be glad to help you and your furry friend.