One of the big choices a pet owner faces is the question of whether to spay or neuter your pet. Some may feel the surgery is dangerous or that they want to breed their purebred pet down the road. If you are mulling this issue and having a hard time deciding what to do, some of the following facts may help you in your decision and also help debunk some of the myths and inaccuracies surrounding spaying and neutering.
The term “spay” refers to having a female animal’s ovaries and uterus removed. The term “neuter” refers to the removal of the male animal’s testicles.
The surgery for spay/neutering is very straightforward and basic and is done under anesthesia. While any surgical procedure has some risk, the incidence of complications is extremely low.
Contrary to myth, spaying/neutering will not make your pet fat. Pets get fat for the same reasons we do…too much food and not enough exercise.
Animal overpopulation has reached a crisis point in this country. Spaying and neutering cuts down on the huge number of homeless animals left to either fend for themselves or end up in shelters facing the heartbreaking possibility of euthanasia. Between three and four million animals are euthanized each year simply because there are no homes for them.
There are a number of health benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered. Rates of mammary, uterine, prostate and testicular cancer are greatly reduced. Your pet will be less likely to run away (they will not be on the search for a mate!). A spayed pet will have fewer elements associated with their heat cycle such bleeding, crying, or nervous behavior.
Spayed and neutered pets are less aggressive animals. They get along better with other animals and exhibit less hostile behaviors such as biting and scratching. A spayed/neutered pet tends to be better behaved, calmer and more affectionate than those who have not had the surgery.
With so many reasons in favor of spaying and neutering your pet, hopefully your decision is a little easier. If you have questions or concerns, speak to your veterinarian. He or she can help you with the information that will aid in making the right decision for you and your family pet.