Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Pet owners want to be sure that every decision they make is in the best interest of their pet's health. One very important pet health issue that pet owners often misunderstand is the importance of spaying or neutering their cat or dog. Unfortunately, many pet owners don't understand why spaying or neutering is beneficial to their pet's health.

Spaying is the procedure used for the surgical removal of a female's pet's reproductive organs, while neutering refers to the surgical removal of the male reproductive organs. Cats and dogs receive both behavioral and health benefits when spayed or neutered. Foremost, spaying female pets prevents your pet from becoming pregnant and having unwanted litters. A "fixed" pet is calmer and less aggressive, and is less likely to stray or roam (which is often brought on by the desire to mate).

Your pet's lifespan can be increased when spayed or neutered. Spaying greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer (especially if spaying occurs before her first heat cycle) and eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer.

Neutering your male cat or dog eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of prostate disease. In the case of felines, neutering your cat prevents "spraying" or marking of his territory, which can be costly and damaging to your home and property.

Spaying or neutering your pet is a one-time cost. This one-time procedure highly outweighs the risks and high costs of a lifetime of behavioral and/or medical problems. Most importantly, you can look forward to a longer, healthier life for your pet!