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Why is Spaying and Neutering Important?

Smartliving Guest asked this
October 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM



Spaying and neutering animals is beneficial for many reasons. Animals that have been spayed or neutered tend to wander less, and want to escape less, which makes it less likely for them to get hit by a car or attacked by another animal. Spaying and neutering helps animals have less behavior problems, which means they get to stay in loving homes rather than be sent to the shelter or kicked out on the street due to owner frustration.

Specifically, female dogs and cats that are spayed are less likely to get breast cancer or die from pyometra (an infection in the uterus). Male dogs and cats that are neutered won't get testicular cancer or torsion, and are less likely to have prostate problems.

There are already too many cats and dogs in shelters, or out on the streets, that are living less than healthy, fulfilling lives. Why contribute to pet overpopulation? Spay or neuter your pet.

Dr. Lynn Happel DVM Health Coach answered
October 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Cats and dogs have less unwanted behavioral problems when spayed or neutered. Outdoor cats, such as Tom Cats (unaltered male cats) have no problem seeking out other cats in the neighborhood to display territorial range by marking with urine, getting into fights, and meowing all hours of the day/night. Unaltered male dogs will escape from a backyard to seek out a female that is in heat. The dangers of a roaming dog are high, with the possibility of getting hit by a car, trapped, or encountering other dogs to fight with increased due to instinctual responses.

I inform my clients of the importance of having their dog or cat spayed as soon as possible, and no later then 6 months old. At 6 months old, a dog or cat is entering into the "teenage" phase. Hormones start releasing, and they have one purpose in mind if not spayed and neutered...Finding a mate.

By spaying or neutering prior to a pet turning 6 months old, this will help prevent unwanted urine marking inside and outside of a home. For females, this helps prevent them from bleeding, displaying acts of neediness, as well as eliminating the display of being extremely vocal during this time. For males, this will help prevent roaming, escaping, fighting, and the act of humping.

Spaying and neutering a pet is a win-win situation for both pet and pet-parent. With the overpopulation of pets every year, due to many unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, spaying and neutering will help the animals that are sitting in foster homes, or shelters awaiting their forever home to have a better chance at getting adopted.

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
October 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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