Spay and Neuter Your Pets
Spaying and neutering your dog or cat is highly recommended for a complete pet health program. Spaying and neutering your pet not only prevents unexpected litters, ultimately easing the strain on local shelters, but also can benefit the health of your canine or feline companion—for reasons far beyond population control.
Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Hormone production in male and female dogs and cats can lead to cancer development, and these cancers cannot always be treated successfully. Research has also found a possible correlation between spaying and neutering, and pets living longer.
The most important benefits to consider before having your pet spayed or neutered include:
- No unwanted pregnancies
- No heat cycle (females)
- Less tendency to roam in search of a mate (males and females)
- A lower risk for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer (females)
- A lower risk for testicular cancer and prostate cancer (males)
- Less likelihood of spraying/marking in the house (male dogs and cats)
- Less risk of becoming aggressive (males)
- Also less likely to engage in mounting behaviors (males)
Spay and Neuter Myths
There are several misconceptions about spaying and neutering, including:
- Causing weight gain: There is little evidence to support the claim that pets will gain weight after being spayed or neutered. Once your pet has recovered fully from surgery and had their sutures removed, they should return to an active lifestyle and be on a balanced, age-appropriate diet.
- Changing a pet’s personality: Your pet will not come out of their spay or neuter surgery with a different personality. While the procedure can affect certain behaviors, it will not affect their intelligence or personality.
- Being too expensive: In general, there are more low-cost spay and neuter services available today than ever before. If cost is a concern, you have options. And, considering the alternative, caring for a pregnant pet and eventual litter is much more costly than a one-time spay or neuter procedure.