Spaying and Neutering, or de-sexing as we call it in veterinary medicine, is one of the most important things you can do for your pet.
Here’s the top ten reasons to spay a female pet or neuter a male pet…
|Female Pets||Male Pets|
|1. Prevents unwanted pregnancies.
Unwanted kittens and puppies are very hard to rehome and become very expensive very quickly!
|1. Prevents unwanted litters.
No responsible pet owner wants their male pet to be the cause of unwanted litters in the neighborhood.
|2. Prevents false pregnancies.
False pregnancies can be deceptive, lengthy and difficult to manage and resolve.
|2. Eliminates testicular cancer.
No testicles means no chance of testicular cancer!
|3. Prevents infection of the uterus (pyometra).
A pus-filled uterus can cause septicemia and septic shock, potentially leading to death or fatal irreversible kidney failure.
|3. Prevents ‘Spraying’.
Unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house.
|4. Prevents them going into “heat” (having a period).
When female pets go into heat, it can be a messy business. Unspayed cats will yowl and urinate more frequently — sometimes all over the house. Unspayed dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week.
|4. Prevents aggressive behavior.
Unneutered dogs may show overly aggressive behavior. The good news is neutered dogs protect their homes and families just as well as Unneutered dogs.
|5. Eliminates risk of cystic ovaries, ovarian tumors or acute or chronic uterine infections.
|5. Prevents embarrassing behavior.
Male dogs may embarrass you by getting frisky with your furniture and visiting human legs when stimulated!
|6. Reduces the risk of mammary cancer, perianal tumors and perianal hernias.||6. Less risk of roaming.
A male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one!
|7. Desexed pets are less likely to be stolen.
Spayed and Neutered pets are less valuable to sell and not aggressive enough for fighting which ae the main reasons pets are stolen.
|8. It reduces pet overpopulation and saves lives.
Unwanted, unplanned litters result in millions of dogs and cats that end up being either euthanized or living a life of misery on the streets.
|9. It’s good for the community!
Discarded pets can prey on wildlife, cause vehicular accidents, and scare children.
|10. It will save you money!
The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of caring for a litter. Not mention the cost of new carpets from damage caused by spraying and going into heat.
Did you know that it can by five times more expensive to license your pet each year if it is not spayed or neutered?
As you can see there are many compelling reasons to get you pet spayed or neutered. There’s one more thing you may also want to consider…despite what many people think, spaying and neutering will NOT make your pet gain weight or get fat!
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