According to the ASPCA, approximately 3 to 4 million unwanted pets are euthanized in shelters every year. One of the most important reasons to spay or neuter your pet is to ensure your pet does not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. However, there are also significant health and other benefits for your pet, such as:
Benefits for Male Pets:
- Prevents testicular cancer if the procedure is done before the age of 6 months, and reduces risk of prostate gland problems.
- Stops or reduces marking or spraying of strong-smelling urine.
- Lessens desire to roam, thereby reducing the risk of your pet becoming lost, hit by a car, or injured in fights with other dogs/cats.
- Decreases aggressive behavior.
Benefits for Female Pets:
- Eliminates risk of unplanned pregnancy and the possible complications of pregnancy.
- No more going into heat.
- Reduces risk of mammary and ovarian tumors, especially if your pet is spayed before going into her first heat cycle.
- Less desire to roam.
- Cost of spaying your pet is less than the cost of caring for an unplanned litter.
Our pets depend upon us to make the best decisions for their overall health and well-being. Spaying or neutering your pet will result in a happier, healthier pet.