You’ve probably heard countless people preaching about the importance of spaying or neutering pets. (Spaying refers to female animals; neutering refers to male animals.) The truth is that the importance of spaying and neutering can’t be emphasized enough! Keep reading to learn the top three reasons to spay or neuter your pet today.
- Your pet will be better behaved. Neutered pets are less likely to mark their territory and mount things (such as other dogs, people and inanimate objects). In addition, some aggression problems (such as growling, biting or fighting with other animals) can be avoided by early neutering.
- Your pet will live a healthier, longer life. Spaying female pets helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. And when it comes to spaying, the earlier the better. Spaying your pet before her first heat is shown to offer the best protection from these diseases. Neutering male pets prevents testicular cancer and helps prevent prostate problems. Because spaying and neutering helps pets live healthier lives, they live longer lives as well. Dogs who are neutered live 18% longer than unneutered dogs; spayed dogs live 23% longer than unspayed dogs.
- You can help curb pet overpopulation. Because there are so many animals that aren’t spayed or neutered, there’s an overabundance of homeless animals. In fact, in the United States alone, about seven million animals end up in animal shelters every year. Half of these animals get adopted. The other half do not… and sadly, they end up being put down. Plus, the capture and impoundment of so many homeless animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies more than a billion dollars each year. In addition, the many animals that become strays can easily become a public nuisance, creating unwanted noise, eating people’s plants and interfering with people’s homes and lives. If more pets were spayed and neutered, this wouldn’t be a problem.
When you make the responsible decision to spay/neuter your pet, you help your pet become better behaved while giving him or her the gift of a healthier, longer life. Plus, you can ensure that you don’t contribute to the pet overpopulation problem throughout the United States. When you choose to spay/neuter your pet, the benefits are truly endless.
If you have any questions about spaying or neutering your pet, all of us at Banning Veterinary Hospital are happy to help. Give us a call at (951) 849-3864 or stop in to see us. We’re conveniently located at 3559 West Ramsey Street, Suite E, in Banning, California.