The undeniable importance of spaying and neutering pets

IAH SpayNeuter DogCatSpaying and neutering your pet is one of the most highly recommended and proactive steps pet owners should take to help control the unwanted pet population. According to the ASPCA, approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are humanely euthanized every year simply because shelters cannot find homes for them. But are you aware pet sterilization provides multiple health benefits, too?

What is Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying and neutering refers to the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of your pet. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of your female pet; and neutering is the removal of the testicles of your male pet. The process involves minimal hospitalization time – in fact, pets are usually in and out of your veterinary clinic the same day!

1. Spaying and neutering reduces the unwanted pet population

Spaying and neutering your cat or dog helps control the number of unwanted pets in already overcrowded shelters. Each year, millions of unwanted cats and dogs suffer from horrible lives as strays or are euthanized in shelters. Spaying and neutering also controls unwanted litters and added stress mother animals.

2. Spaying and neutering help reduce Cancers

Spaying and neutering your cat or dog drastically reduces your pet’s likelihood of developing cancer later in their lives. In fact, having your female kitten spayed before her first heat cycle virtually eliminates the threat of mammary tumors and Ovarian and Uterine cancers. In males, neutering before six months of age actually prevents pet testicular cancer!

3. Spaying and neutering eliminates roaming, spraying and marking

Having pets spayed or neutered helps prevent female “marking” and male “spraying” around your home. In addition, typical “roaming” behaviors exhibited by males searching for females in heat are subdued, which results in fewer vehicle accidents and lost pets.

We’ve highlighted only a few benefits of spaying and neutering your pets. Have a question or comment? Please share with us below! And don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and “follow” our blog to get new posts delivered right to your inbox!