Did you know that deciding to spay or neuter your pet is one of the best things you can do for your furry friend’s health? Not only does it help with population control, but it can also prevent common diseases and behavioral issues. Read on to learn more from the Garden Grove spay and neuter experts at VetCare!
Homeless Pets are Everywhere
Unfortunately, there are homeless animals just about anywhere you go. In fact, an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals enter shelters each year, and barely half of these animals get adopted. The rest, sadly, are euthanized. In many places, these animals are not the offspring of wild animals, but they are actually the puppies and kittens of family pets. Spaying or neutering your pet is the best way to ensure that no more kittens and puppies need to be sent to these shelters.
The Health of Your Pet
A report conducted by USA Today found that pets that live in states that have higher numbers of spayed and neutered pets tend to live longer. Neutered male dogs tend to live 18 percent longer than their non-neutered counterparts, and spayed female dogs live 23 percent longer. Part of this reduced rate is because being neutered or spayed reduces a dog’s urge to roam away from the home, which often can lead to nasty run-ins with wild animals or cause them to be hit by cars.
Spaying and neutering also helps prevent certain types of cancers. Cats that have been spayed have a much lower chance of developing pyometra, which is a fatal uterine infection, and reproductive cancers. Male pets that are neutered early on eliminate the possibility of testicular cancer, and it can even lower their chances of prostate cancer as well.
Your Pet’s Behavior
Unneutered pets tend to be much more aggressive and territorial, marking their territory with urine. For cats specifically, the urge to start spraying starts at about 4 months, so it’s essential to get them neutered before they reach that age. Other behavior issues can include roaming while the female is in heat, aggression, and excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance behaviors. While spaying and neutering can significantly help your pet’s aggression and behavior, it is important to note that it won’t change their fundamental personality.
Trying to save a pet that has developed some sort of cancer in its reproductive can be extremely expensive – up to several thousands of dollars. This is much, much more than it costs to get a simple spay or neuter procedure. It is also typically more expensive to renew your pet’s license if it has not been spayed or neutered since they can cause so many issues.
If you are ready to spay or neuter your pet, be sure to call the Garden Grove professionals at VetCare Pet Clinic and Vaccination Services! We would be happy to help you and your pet move towards a happier and healthier future. Contact us today to learn more about our other services and schedule your appointment.