One of the most important decisions you’ll make for your pets is choosing to get them spayed or neutered. It’s important to speak with your vet about the pros and cons of spaying or neutering your new pet, and the proper age in which to do so if you choose to spay/neuter. Having this conversation with your vet is extremely important because the implications of these surgeries vary, depending on the type of lifestyle you intend to live with your pet. Additionally, it is important to be sure to understand the extra work involved in pet parenting an ‘intact’ male or female pet before you decide not to spay or neuter. Here are four reasons to spay or neuter your pet!
1. Prevent Pet Overpopulation
Part of being a responsible PetParent is ensuring that you and your pets don’t contribute to the pet overpopulation problem by bringing unintentional litters into the world. Raising a litter of puppies or kittens at home is expensive and time consuming. Pet breeding should be left to the experts who have dedicated their lives to any given breed, and who are taking all the precautions to ensure their litters are exceptionally well taken care of.
2. Health Benefits
It’s scientifically proven that both male and female pets stand to live healthier lives after they’ve been spayed or neutered from a cancer standpoint. Specifically, your female pet will have a lower risk of uterine infection and breast cancers post-spay, while male pets can avoid various cancers as well, and are even more likely to stay close to home if they’re not preoccupied with finding a mate. Currently, the ideal age in which to spay or neuter our pets is under hot debate, with some scientific evidence suggesting that spay or neuter before one year of age has negative implications on pet longevity. Many PetParents are choosing to spay or neuter their pets after one year of age because of this, which is why we encourage each PetParent to consult with a trusted veterinarian prior to making any decisions.
3. Behavioral Benefits
The behavioral benefits of spaying and neutering our pets are varied, and typically they’re most evident in male pets. The lower levels of testosterone will make male pets less likely to mark in the house or yard, less easily riled up, less likely to display aggressive behaviors, and more focused on the family (instead of always being in pursuit of a mate). Pets who are spayed and neutered are more likely to get another with other pets in the household as well.
4. Cost Effective Pet Parenting
While spay or neuter surgeries can be costly, they are a one-time event for the life of your pet. You won’t have to worry about raising unintentional litters of puppies or kittens, nor will you have to purchase clean up or prevention products when your female pet goes into heat.
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