The United States euthanizes millions of healthy cats and dogs every year to solve the issue of homelessness. By spaying or neutering your pet, you will help prevent their overpopulation, ensuring that more pets have a home. But, there are other benefits of spaying and neutering.
Spaying refers to the surgical removal of your female pet’s ovaries. Neutering refers to the removal of your male pet’s testicles. Both procedures require a bit of hospitalization, but their benefits last a lifetime.
Besides population control, here are their other benefits:
On average, the life span of a neutered or spayed cat or dog is longer than those not. A study of the medical records of more than 70,000 animal patients confirmed that neutered male dogs can live 13.8 percent longer while female dogs that have been spayed can live 26.3 percent longer. The tendency of unaltered pets to die sooner is attributed to their increased risk of developing some diseases. Unneutered male pets are at risk of developing testicular cancer and other prostate problems. Intact female pets have a greater risk of developing pyometra, breast cancer, uterine cancer, and other diseases of the reproductive system.
While human beings mark their stuff by putting their names on it, dogs and cats use urine to mark ownership. Intact pets do it more than neutered or spayed ones. Although urine marking is mostly a male pets thing, females do it sometimes too. Spaying and neutering should reduce or completely stop this behavior. Do it before the pet is five months old. The longer you wait, the more likely the surgery will not work. It is difficult to stop a behavior when a pet has had it for a long time.
Other unwanted behaviors that spaying and neutering resolve include excessive barking, aggression, roaming, and mounting activity. Also, since the pet is not busy making its own family, it can focus its attention on the human family.
Spaying or neutering saves you money. The cost of the surgery is far less than it would cost to care for a litter. It also saves you on the cost of treatment for injuries and diseases your pet could catch roaming. Unaltered pets get into fights with others and run into accidents often. Also, caring for a sick pet, such as one with cancer, can run your vet bills into thousands of dollars. So, cut your costs by spaying and neutering your pet early.
For cats, it’s safe to have the procedure done as early as eight weeks. Do it before the cat reaches five months to prevent pregnancy and urine marking. Traditionally, the procedure was done on dogs aged between six and nine months. But, today, even dogs as young as eight weeks old can have the procedure so long as they are healthy. Adult dogs can have the procedure as well, although the risk of postoperative complications increases with age.
Find out more about the benefits of spaying and neutering pets, contact West Rome Animal Clinic in Rome, Georgia at 706-426-0200 to book an appointment.