It’s difficult to argue the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. However, some people still forgo this route for their animal. According to the Humane Society, it is the single best decision you can make for your pet’s long-term well-being.
Reduce the number of homeless pets killed
Every state has a different homeless pet population. Sadly, what each state shares is that barely half of them are adopted. Nationwide, nearly 3 million adoptable animals are euthanized every year. Spaying and neutering your cat or dog is the only full-proof method to control the pet population.
My dog was not altered when I found him. I immediately took him to the vet and made sure he received all of his necessary vaccinations, and then had him spayed. Prior to the procedure, he was very aggressive. Keep in mind, having your pet spayed or neutered will not resolve all behavioral issues.
By having your female dog neutered she won’t go into heat. A male dog that hasn’t been spayed will do anything to escape and get to a female dog. They risk getting into fights with other animals and being struck by a car, running into traffic.
Intact males and females have a tendency to mark their territory, mount objects and howl looking for a mate. These behaviors can change after being fixed. The longer you wait to have your dog or cat fixed, the longer the behavior remains ingrained in your pet. You risk the behavior staying with them.
Don’t worry, the procedure won’t change their personality. Their personality comes from genetics and environment, not hormones.
Improve your pet’s health
You help prevent reproductive cancers in your female pet, and prostate and testicular cancers in your male pet. This even goes for rabbits.
Altered dogs tend to live about 20% longer than unaltered dogs.
Save on the cost of care
If you choose to invest in pet insurance, a majority of plans will cover the cost of having your pet spayed or neutered. This costs less than taking care of a litter!
Cancer treatment can be thousands of dollars versus paying much less to spay or neuter your pet. There are low-cost clinics provided in a city near you.
Many counties even charge more for licenses and renewals for unaltered pets.
Spaying and neutering your pet can prevent unnecessary animal deaths. Consult with your veterinarian about having the procedure done for your pet.