Spay Neuter

Dogs and cats are great animals and pets. Those who have loving homes and people (like you) who take great care of them are lucky indeed because many other dogs and cats don”t have homes.

Dog and Cat Population Growth

Cat and dog overpopulation is a big story in America. And it”s a sad one. Many animals are abandoned and left to survive on the streets. Many die from starvation or disease. The lucky few who find their way to animal shelters have a better chance, but if they cannot be adopted, they may be euthanized. In fact, dog and cat overpopulation is one of the biggest arguments for spaying or neutering your pets.

Whether to Spay or Neuter: That Is the Question

Spaying and neutering actually mean the same thing. These terms refer to surgical procedures through which the reproductive organs of animals are removed. A vet spays a female dog or cat and castrates a maleboth are referred to as “neutering” or “sterilizing.” In both cases, the procedure is safe and quick. Most veterinarians recommend that dogs and cats be sterilized at around six months of age.

Once they”re neutered, pets cannot reproduce. Helping to control animal overpopulation is a great reason for having your cat or dog spayed, but some behavioral and medical reasons make it a sensible procedure as well.

Spay or Neuter for Behavioral Reasons

Neutered male dogs tend to be less aggressive than dogs who are still able to reproduce. Decreased aggression means your dog is less likely to bite people or fight with other dogs. Spayed dogs don”t go “into heat,” and thus, they”re less excitable and less prone to misbehavior.

In addition to being less aggressive, neutered male cats are less likely to mess up the house with urine spraying and they don”t roam outside as much, meaning fewer opportunities to fight with other animals or get hurt, or perhaps hit by a car.

Unspayed cats will enter their first heat cycle around four to six months of age, depending on the time of year, and will continue to go in and out of heat until they either become pregnant or are spayed. For a cat to go back into heat four weeks after giving birth is not uncommon, but some can become pregnant as soon as ten days after birthing.

Spay or Neuter for Medical Reasons

Un-neutered male and female dogs and cats often get cancer of the reproductive organs. Once they”re spayed or neutered this is no longer possible. Females are prone to suffer from a uterine infection called pyometra. Once spayed, this risk is eliminated.

Behavioral problems, medical conditions, and overpopulationall these problems can be minimized, or even eliminated when you choose to spay or neuter your dog or cat. Ask your veterinarian for more information and give the issue a lot of thought. A spayed or neutered dog or cat could very well be a happier animal who will certainly be healthier. And the result for you and your family could be an even greater, more loving relationship with your pet.