6 Reasons Why You Must Spay or Neuter Your Pets

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One of the greatest joys in life is taking in a pet to join your family and home. That’s why according to the Humane Society of the United States, around 70 million households in the United States have a pet. As much of a joy as owning a pet can be however, it comes with responsibilities. From making sure they’re up to date with shots to preventing nuisances like fleas, there are things pet owners must do for the health of their pets.

If you are a new pet owner, one of the things you may wonder is why everyone spays or neuters their pets. While there is the obvious result of preventing a litter, there are many important reasons why you should fix your pets. From improving their long term health to helping keep them calm, the benefits go beyond the obvious.

Here are six of the most important reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet:

Spayed female pets live longer and have a healthier life.

Spaying helps prevent uterine and ovarian infections and complications that female pets go through. It also prevents breast cancer which is highly dangerous for female cats and dogs.

Neutered males have better behavior.

Neutered cats and dogs don’t have the same hormones running through their system. This helps them focus on their human families while avoiding territorial behavior that can be aggressive or aggravating to the owner.

Spayed females avoid the bad behavior of being in heat.

Since female pets won’t go in heat, they won’t spray or urinate in the house in an effort to attract mates. This helps keep the homeowner and family sane and helps maintain a clean home.

Neutered males have no risk for testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer, like breast cancer in females, is a high risk disease in male dogs and cats. While dogs are more at risk, cats can contract this disease also. Neutering your male cats or dogs helps prevent this risk.

Neutered males have less of a reason to run away.

Male cats and dogs are so consumed with looking for a mate that they might try to run away which can risk their safety or cause them to become lost. Fixed males are more likely to stay home and be devoted to their family. Additionally, they won’t be as focused on marking their territory which keeps your house clean.

It’s a cost effective way to control the pet population.

Many communities have made efforts to make spaying and neutering affordable. Therefore, cost should not be a barrier to spaying or neutering. It is important to control the pet population so that as many pets as possible can go to a good home.

Spaying and neutering your pets is the responsible thing to do, for your pet, yourself and your community. If you have recently gotten a pet or are thinking about getting one, contact us to learn more and schedule a spaying or neutering procedure today.