If you’ve recently adopted a pet, one of the most important considerations you are going to have to make is whether not you want to spay or neuter him. While that is a completely personal decision, the compassionate team at Found Animals encourage all new pet owners to have their cat, dog or other animal spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering refers to the processes of removing a male or female animal’s reproductive organs. Not only do the procedures eliminate the risk of reproduction, but also, they provide lifelong health benefits and can vastly increase a pet’s behavior. If you want your new pet to live a long, healthy and happy life, talk to your vet about having the procedure done. If you’re still not convinced that it’s right for your pet, consider the following benefits:
Spayed Animals Live a Longer Life
Spaying female animals prevents the risk of breast cancer and uterine infections entirely. Breast cancer is fatal in 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs, so spaying your female pet is the best way to protect her from these deadly diseases.
Spayed and Neutered Animals Are Better Behaved
Spaying and neutering your pet can ensure that they do not roam away from home, thereby decreasing their risk of getting into fights with other animals, getting hit by a vehicle or being preyed upon by another, larger animal. Additionally, fixed pets are much less aggressive than their non-fixed companions, and do not feel a need to “mark” their territory through spraying or urination.
Fixed Animals Keep Pet Populations Down
Sadly, thousands of shelter pets are euthanized each and every day because the shelters simply cannot afford to keep caring for their growing numbers. To prevent overpopulation and the continued euthanization of stray animals, don’t allow your pet to procreate and ensure that they are spayed or neutered as soon as it is medically sound to do so.
Spaying and Neutering is Good for the Community
Unneutered or non-spayed animals tend to be overly aggressive, especially when females go into heat. Male dogs become territorial and even roam onto other people’s property in order to get to a female in heat. In their roaming, they cause car accidents, frighten children and even prey on other people’s animals. The best thing you can do for your neighborhood is to ensure that your pet is not a nuisance by getting the procedure done early on.
If you are considering pet adoption, opt to be a responsible pet owner, and spay or neuter your animal. Spaying and neutering does not hurt them, and it is what is best for your pet, you and the community.