When you first got your pet, you may have had to face the decision to spay or neuter him or her. It’s not an easy decision sometimes, but it’s a very important one to make. Sometimes it’s a very controversial issue, but the Humane Society and many other animal welfare and pet organizations highly recommend that you do spay or neuter. Here are a few reasons why:
- There are millions of homeless animals, and less than half of these animals will be adopted. Although many of these millions are âstreet animalsâ such as strays, hundreds of thousands of them are puppies or kittens of domestic pets that were given up.
- Spaying and neutering is the only 100% effective birth control for pets.
- Spaying and neutering can increase your pet’s life. The average dog’s lifespan can increase by 18-23% depending on gender.
- The operation will help decrease the chance in certain cancers in your pet. For example, a spayed female cat or dog is less likely to develop pyrometra, which is a fatal urinary infection.
- Male pets that are neutered are less likely to develop cancers, too, such as testicular cancer.
- Your pet may behave better. Aggressive and unruly behaviors are lessened when a pet is neutered or spayed. Even excessive barking may be alleviated.
- Contrary to popular belief, your pet will not lose their protective instinct or personality.
- You will eventually save money when you consider the costs you will have to pay if your pet develops a reproductive system problem or plyometra.
There are many reasons to spay or neuter your pet. If you still aren’t convinced, contact our office to find out even more. If you want to schedule an appointment for your pet to be spayed or neutered, you can call our office at 410-465-6218.