Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures performed by a veterinarian that insures that the pet cannot reproduce. Spaying for the female involves an ovariohysterectomy and neutering of the male is his castration. The procedure can be done as soon as 8 weeks of age or a weight of 2 pounds, whichever is greater as long as your pet is in excellent health. Having your pet spayed or neutered insures that they will live a longer, happier life with you and your family without placing extra burden on your local animal shelters and rescues.
More Positive Behaviors
Spaying or neutering will only alter their behavior positively. By taking away their instinctual need to find a mate, your pet can concentrate on pet-like activities. The act of your pet spraying is marking his or her territory to other pets of their species. When spayed or neutered early enough, preferably before sexually maturation, this can be avoided all together. In addition, aggressive tendencies do decrease dramatically after a reasonable amount of time has passed from the spay or neuter.
Reducing Risk to Gender Related Illness
Your pet will be healthier if spayed or neutered before they sexually mature. Spaying or neutering beforehand greatly reduces the risk of common cancers and infections later in life that are related to their reproductive systems.
The cost of a spay or neuter is much less than the costs of veterinary bills to illnesses that can be avoided. When you reduce this risk, you’re substantially increasing the time that you and your family will have with your pet.
Avoiding the Shelter System
It is estimated that there are 6-8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year, unfortunately 4-5 million will be euthanized. Whether you believe in pet overpopulation or underperforming animal shelters, only 20% of dogs and cats throughout the United States are actually adopted from animal shelters. Animal shelters already deal with the large burden of unwanted and stray pets year round that substantially increase during the warmer weather seasons. Spaying or neutering your pets is the only safe and fully effective way to prevent unwanted offspring. Even when you find homes for all of the offspring, there are only a finite number of people wanting pets. Allowing your pet to reproduce just decreases the chance that the loving pets already in shelters will find their forever homes.