With all those sweet little puppies and kittens coming our way, we frequently get asked about spaying and neutering pets. Below are all the FAQ’s and benefits to spaying or neutering your new furry friend!
Should I Neuter My Pet?
Neutering or “fixing” your pet involves removing the source of hormones that control reproduction and that determine the physical and behavioral characteristics that distinguish males and females. This is done by surgically removing the testicles in males (castration) and the ovaries and uterus in females (spaying).
The primary purpose of neutering is to prevent unwanted reproduction. Every year, between 6-8 million pets are euthanized at animal shelters and veterinary hospitals because they are unwanted. We can stop this by neutering our pets. The optimal time to have your furry friend neutered is between 4-6 months of age.
Benefits of Spaying
- No unwanted litters.
- Greatly decreases the chance of developing mammary tumors, which is like breast cancer in people. Up to 50% of these tumors are malignant (cancer) and have no cure. With every heat cycle that she goes through, her risk of developing these tumors increases greatly.
- Will not develop a pyometra later in life. A pyometra is a life threatening bacterial infection of the uterus that is brought on later in life after repeated heat cycles.
- Will not experience the bloody vaginal discharge that comes with being in heat.
- Will not experience dystocia. Dystocia occurs when there is difficulty with the birthing process because the normal process of labor and delivery fails. This requires medical treatment and possibly a c-section.
- Will not develop cancer of the reproductive organs, such as the uterus, ovaries and vagina.
Benefits of Castration
- No unwanted litters.
- Greatly decreases and/or eliminates aggression towards people or other animals
- Greatly decreases his desire to roam.
- Reduces the display of dominant behavior, jumping, inappropriate elimination (urine marking) and mounting.
- Greatly decreases his chance of developing prostatic disease, such as benign prostate hyperplasia, which causes bloody urine and difficulty urinating and/or defecating.
- Decreases the chance of developing perianal tumors.
- Will not develop cancer of the reproductive organs, such as the testicles.