Importance of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals encourages pet parents to spay or neuter their pets. These surgeries are necessary for the health and well-being of your furry companions. While there are pet owners that prefer to keep their pets intact, there are those that want to benefit from pet spaying or neutering. If you want to understand the importance of these procedures, here’s what you should know.
Counters Pet Overpopulation
The greatest pet crisis to date is overpopulation. Some pets end up living on the streets while others are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them. You can prevent unplanned pet pregnancies through neutering or spaying.
Helps Prolong Life
Spaying can help prevent fatal conditions, such as uterine infections. Such ailments are fatal in about 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs. You should spay your pet before her first estrus cycle. This can protect your pet from these serious diseases. In male pets, neutering prevents testicular cancer.
Prevents Unwanted Behavioral Changes
Experts say that neutered or spayed pets become more relaxed and well-behaved. Intact animals tend to be more aggressive and territorial. They always have the uncontrollable urge to urinate more frequently. The “need” to mark every corner of your house and yard becomes an automatic habit. Doing so allows them to tell the opposite sex that they are ready to mate. Intact pets also vocalize during the late hours of the night to call for potential partners. The sound can keep anyone awake all night.
Each time your pets enter a heat cycle, hormones fluctuate. All that your pets think about is mating. This can be stressful for your pets because they tend to get anxious. They often attack other animals and people. There is always a high risk of dealing with bites. With spaying or neutering, you and your pet don’t need to worry about such stressful situations at all.
Keeps Pets Safe
Because of their strong urge to mate, intact pets tend to jump over your fence to find a partner. When this happens, your pet has a high risk of getting lost or hit by a vehicle. This can be devastating to you and your pet. The good news is that you can prevent this by having your pet spayed or neutered. After their dominant hormone levels drop, they won’t have the biological desire to leave the safety of your house anymore.
If your intact pet becomes pregnant, you will have to care for a litter of three to eight young ones, depending on the species or breed. You also have to pay for the medical expenses of people that your pet bites or scratches. Also, anticipate paying for the vet care bills of other pets that your pet attacked. Spaying or neutering your pet can save you a significant amount of pressure and money.
Having your intact pet go through this one-time surgical change is worth it. At The Little Cat Clinic, we always advise our pet parents to be responsible and have their pets neutered or spayed. For a one-on-one consultation, please visit our clinic in La Mesa, California. You can also call us at 619-547-0900 to schedule your appointment or for inquiries about our spay and neuter packages.