When you choose to spay or neuter your pet, you are safeguarding its health. You will also improve your pet’s behavior and save money in the process. Therefore, it may be one of the most important decisions you can make in terms of your wallet and pet’s health. The average life span of neutered or spayed dogs and cats is demonstrably longer than that of those not. This is according to a University of Georgia study.
Whether you have a pet or are considering adopting one, you need to make this important health decision. Spaying is the process of removing the uterus and ovaries of a female pet. It offers lifelong benefits and requires minimal hospitalization. Neutering, on the other hand, is the process of removing a male pet’s testicles. It will keep him close to home and improve his behavior.
Other persuasive and handy benefits of spaying or neutering your pet include:
Spaying your female pet will prevent breast cancer and uterine infections. Breast cancer, in particular, is fatal in about 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs. When you choose to spay your pet prior to her first heat, you will give her the best protection from these conditions.
Neutering your male pet will save you from having to take care of unwanted litters. In addition, it will help prevent testicular cancer.
A neutered dog or cat will focus his attention on his human companions. An unneutered one, on the other hand, will often mark his territory by spraying stinking urine all over the house. You can avoid many aggression problems by neutering your pet early.
Heat cycles can vary with different pets. However, female cats tend to go into heat about four or five times during the breeding season every three weeks. To advertise for interested mates, cats will urinate and yowl more frequently, and they may do so all over the house. If you want to prevent your female pet from going into heat, have her spayed.
Male dogs will do anything to find a mate. They will even dig their way under the fence and perform a Houdini act to escape from the house. Unfortunately, once they are free, they risk getting into fights with other males or injuries in traffic. Neutering a male dog will make him less interested in roaming away from home.
Many pet owners tend to think that neutering or spaying will make their pet fat. This, however, is not the case. Pets get fat due to overfeeding and lack of exercise, just like humans. When you neuter or spay your pet, he or she will remain trim and fit as long as you keep monitoring food intake and providing exercise.
Other benefits of spaying or neutering your pet include:
It is highly cost-effective.
It is good for the community because it prevents pets from straying.
It helps control the pet population.
If you are thinking about neutering or spaying your pet, visit Lone Oak Animal Clinic at our offices in Paducah, Kentucky. You can also call (270) 554-0385 to book an appointment.