Why is it beneficial for your pets to get spay and neuter!?
by admin on February 2, 2018
In the United States alone over 1.5 million shelter pets are euthanized. This happens because there aren’t enough homes to put them in. In addition, there are some great benefits when you spay your female pets and neuter your male pets.
Female pets will live a longer and better quality life.
Research shows that spaying helps fight against malignant breast tumors and uterine infections which tend to be cancerous in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. When you spay your female pet before her first heat it will greatly help fighting these diseases.
Male pets will get significant health benefits.
It’s been proven that neutering your male pet will prevent any signs of testicular cancer and will also greatly reduce the possibility of having prostate problems. It also helps prevent any undesired litters.
In addition to the medical benefits, there are also some behavioral benefits to
Spayed female pets don’t go into heat.
Usually female felines will go into heat four or five days every three week cycle, although cycles may vary. In order to attract potential mates, they will yowl. During this period of time urination increases, which can be a housekeeping problem!
Male pets will be more sedentary.
A healthy male dog will put a lot of effort into finding a potential mate, even if
that means running away from home. This can be problematic because it
increases the risk of a traffic injury or even fighting with other male pets.
Neutered male pets behave better.
When male dogs and cats are unneutered they tend to spray extremely strong
smelling urine to mark their territories which makes it an issue around the house.
It also reduces the desire to mount other dogs, people or inanimate objects. If
neutered during the early stages of raising the male pet, it will help reduce
You save money when you spay or neuter your pets.
It’s practical! The amount of money you’ll spend spaying or neutering your pets
will be far less than having and caring for baby kittens or puppies.
Myths and Misconceptions about Spaying and Neutering
Is my pet going to become overweight?
The answer is no. The lack of exercise and overfeeding is the reason behind your
pet gaining weight – not neutering. Just oversee the amount of food your pet
eats and take it to exercise regularly.
It’s not a fix-all solution for behavioral problems.
Neutering does in fact often help reduce a lot of problematic behaviors caused
by higher levels of testosterone. There is no guarantee that your pet’s behavior
will fully change after he is neutered. Testosterone will significantly reduce in
your dog’s system but it will not eliminate the hormone completely. Your pet’s
personality, physiology and history will play a large role into the full effects of
the surgery. It will not reduce habitual behaviors that have been previously
encouraged or earned.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
Generally dogs tend to be neutered at or around 6 – 9 months. Even puppies as
young as 8 weeks old can be neutered if there are no health issues. Adult dogs
can also be neutered, but there is a slightly higher risk of complications after the
the surgery in older, overweight or dogs that have had health problems before.
Kittens that are 8 weeks old are usually considered safe to be spayed or
neutered. Surgeries in animal shelters are often performed during this period so
that kittens can be sterilized prior to being adopted. To eliminate the chance for
pregnancy and avoid the start of urine spraying, it’s recommended to proceed
with the surgery before your cat is 5 months old. When in heat, it’s still possible to
spay your female cat.
Before spaying or neutering, speak with your veterinarian first.
What to do Before and After Surgery
Your local veterinary clinic will give you pre-surgical advice which you should
follow. Generally, it’s recommended that you don’t give your cat any food after
midnight the night prior to the surgery. However, kittens and puppies do need
proper nutrition and your veterinarian might tell you it’s OK to avoid withholding
After the surgery your veterinarian will most likely give you steps to follow. Your
pet could be experiencing some pain and discomfort after the procedure, but
your veterinarian will ensure that all steps to manage the pain are taken. Based
on what surgery is performed, pain medication will be given to you for at home
Tips for a quick and comfortable recovery:
– Make sure your pet has an indoor, quiet place that’s away from other animals to
allow a safe recovery.
– Generally, for two weeks after the surgery you should try to stop your pet from
running and jumping. Your veterinarian might recommend a longer period of
– Don’t let your pet to lick the incision site because it can cause an infection. You
can distract your pet with delicious treats or as often seen, an Elizabethan collar.
– Do not bathe your pet for at least 10 days after the surgery.
– Check the incision site every day to ensure it’s healing properly.
If there are any signs of swelling, redness or discharge at the incision site, or if it’s
open, contact your veterinarian immediately. If your pet’s appetite slowed down,
begins vomiting or has diarrhea you should get with your veterinarian as soon as
possible. In addition, if your pet is lethargic or you notice major behavioral
change, contact your veterinarian.