Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
There are so many misconceptions about spaying and neutering animals. Let’s try to clear some of those up, so that everyone will see the benefits of this simple procedure. When spaying a female animal, the veterinarian will remove the ovaries and uterus. Neutering a male animal is the removal of the testicles. Both surgeries render the animal infertile. These two procedures are routine and very affordable surgeries that can make a vast difference in not only your pet’s life, but it can also change the lives of animals in your area.
What are the benefits? Statistics show that spayed and neutered animals live one to three years longer than animals that keep their reproductive organs. By spaying your female pet, you spare her the discomfort of being in heat and you will prevent her from ovarian cancer. Likewise, if you neuter your male pet, you remove any chance of prostate problems or cancer. Thousands of animals are killed by cars each year because they are roaming while looking for a mate. Wondering isn’t as likely with a spayed or neutered animal. “Fixing” your pet also reduces the number of unwanted baby animals that ultimately wind up alone on the street, or in shelters. Some shelters, known as kill shelters, can’t keep the animals for their entire lives. Between three and four million animals are euthanized each year, which is far too many unwanted pets.
In addition to keeping your pet safe and healthy, spaying and neutering also helps control the pet population. Did you know that there are more cats and dogs born each year than there are humans? This means there will never be enough homes for the animals. According to PETA, one female and her offspring can produce up to 67,000 puppies or kittens in only six years. It is so important for the wellbeing of pets everywhere that you take responsibility and spay or neuter your animal. If this surgery was done more, there would be less shelter and rescue dogs in need of a loving home.
When can you make the appointment with your vet? Most animals should be spayed or neutered before they are six months old. It is best to complete the surgery before they reach sexual maturity. The younger the animal is, the more quickly they can recover. Kittens and puppies often return to their regular routine within one or two days. A common misconception is that spaying or neutering will cause your pet to become lazy or overweight, which simply isn’t the case. The pet owner is 100% responsible for the health of the pet. If you overfeed and under exercise your pet, he or she will develop these problems. Another belief is that your pet will feel less masculine or less feminine after the procedure. Your pet doesn’t have a sense of sexual identity, and therefor they will not feel any sort of change. Spaying and neutering is one of the best health precautions that you can take for your pet. This routine surgery will help both your pet and pets everywhere to live a long and healthy life.