Why it is Important to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is such an exciting, joyful occasion. There are many decisions awaiting the owners of a new puppy or kitten. One of those is the decision as to whether to spay (females) or neuter (males) your new fur baby. Unless you plan on breeding your new addition, it is highly recommended to perform this procedure. Your loved one will live a longer, healthier life if you make the decision to spay and/or neuter. In addition, you will be making the responsible decision to make sure more unwanted pets do not become a burden on society.
Spaying or neutering can help prevent common health issues such as uterine infections and breast cancer for females, and testicular cancer and prostate issues for males.
Male dogs who are neutered live 18% longer than their unaltered counterparts, and female dogs who are spayed live 23% longer than their counterparts.
Animals who are altered do not gain weight because of the procedure. They gain weight because they are fed too much. After being altered, feed your pet 30% less than what you would feed an unaltered pet.
This operation can also reduce some mating-motivated, dominance-related, and aggressive behaviors:
- Mating-related behaviors that this procedure may reduce or eliminate include escaping and wandering in search of a mate, mounting people and objects, and heat cycles, which cause vocalization and urine marking.
- Dominance- and aggression-related behaviors include barking and peeing to mark territory.
- These behaviors can increase the likelihood that your pet will come into harmful or even fatal encounters with traffic or other animals, and thus sterilization can further protect the life of your pet, and save you a large amount of money.
- Reducing the marking behavior can also protect your property from costly damage, not to mention your health from the ammonia found in concentrated cat urine.
The longer an animal goes without getting spayed or neutered, the less likely the behaviors will decrease after surgery.
Sterilization is not the sole solution to all unwanted or destructive behaviors. Some of these may be inherent to your pet’s personality or are habits that have gone uncorrected.
Sterilization additionally does not alter a pet’s personality, intelligence, protective instincts, playfulness, or affection.
Last of all, this procedure can contribute to the lessening of the pet homelessness crisis and to the lessening of the amount of adoptable animals that end up being euthanized.
Every year in the United States, 6-8 million animals enter shelters.
Each year, half of these sheltered animals are adopted, but more than 2.7 million of them are euthanized.
Invest in a healthier and happier future by scheduling the surgery any time after your pet reaches 4 months of age. We recommend you arrange for this procedure to be performed at a veterinarian’s office where your fur baby will receive individualized care, high quality anesthesia and take home medication to prevent infection. As always, if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, Contact our Team at Longview Animal Hospital.