Spaying in females and neutering in males are procedures pets undergo to remove their sex organs. By doing so, pet owners eliminate the issue of dealing with unwanted litters. In addition, not only does spaying and neutering pets drastically improve pet behavior and pet health, it also helps fight against pet overpopulation and shelter overcrowding, a growing problem for pets in the U.S.
Here are more detailed reasons on why you should spay and neuter your pets:
Spayed females will live longer and healthier lives.
Spaying helps reduce chances of uterine infections and breast cancer, which is proven fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
Spayed females do not go into heat.
Unspayed females often go into heat cycles during breeding season. During these heat cycles, females often urinate everywhere and howl in attempts to attract a mate. Spaying your female pets will eliminate such urges and will save you the trouble of cleaning up after their mess!
Neutering will provide males with many health benefits.
Neutering your male pet will eliminate unwanted litters and testicular cancers if done before six months old.
Your neutered male won’t have an urge to roam.
Since your male pet is neutered, he will be less inclined to run away from home to find a mate. When your male pet roams, he is more susceptible to car injuries, dog fights, frightening and hurting others, or even being captured by animal control.
Neutering males drastically improve their behavior.
Besides reducing their urge to roam, neutered males will tend to focus more on the family. In addition, many aggression problems can be avoided if males are neutered at an early age.
Spaying and neutering is highly cost-effective.
The cost of a spay and neuter surgery will cost less than caring for a litter. Also, neutering your pet can prevent costly pet medical bills. If your unneutered male decides to escape home and get into fights with neighborhood strays, you’re going to be the one paying his medical bills.
Spaying and neutering is great for the community.
Neutering prevents pet roaming and reduces the chances of pets becoming roadkill and chances of causing car accidents. Spay and neuter can also make a huge difference in reducing pet overpopulation in your community.
Spaying and neutering ultimately prevents overpopulation and shelter overcrowding.
By fixing your pets, you can help contribute towards putting an end to the devestating effects of pet overpopulation. When irresponsible pet owners fail to spay or neuter their pets, a high influx of animals begin to populate shelters, overwhelming and overcrowding shelters. Thus, shelters are forced to euthanize and sometimes gas sheltered pets in order to reduce shelter overcrowding.
According to The Human Society, an estimate of eight million dogs and cats enter animal shelters each year in the United States, whom approximately three to four million are euthanized. Year after year, a horrifying amount of animals fall victim to the issue of pet overpopulation and face euthanasia. These innocent animals suffer daily due to irresponsible pet owners who fail to spay or neuter their pets. Don’t be that irresponsible pet owner. Spay and neuter your pets.
Help put an end to all this suffering.
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