The Importance of Spaying Or Neutering Your Dog

The Importance of Spaying Or Neutering Your Dog

Spaying and neutering isn’t necessarily the most fun topic, but it’s an incredibly important one. By spaying or neutering your pet you can help control the tragedy of pet homelessness around the united states. Every year, millions of healthy dogs and cats are being euthanized because there are too many that are homeless. Furthermore, there are some medical benefits to the process of spaying and neutering, including: female pets live a longer life after spaying due to the fact that it helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors and the fact that neutering your male pet will help prevent testicular and prostate issues.

Additionally, spaying and neutering will yield some behavioral advantages. Your spayed female dog or cat will not go into the process of being in “heat,” your male dog will be less likely to run away from home to find a mate and your neutered male may be better behaved. Dogs and cats become better behaved when they are neutered as unneutered dogs and cats are likely to spray urine all over the house to mark their territory. Also, they are much more likely to mount other dogs if they have not been neutered. Lastly, spraying/neutering your dogs and cats is a really good idea for your wallet. Trust us, it is much more expensive to pay for a litter than the cost of spaying or neutering once.

A lot of people don’t want to spay or neuter their animals because of misconceptions they have heard. These myths include: spaying or neutering your dog will cause your pet to become overweight and neutering will not help to fix behavior problems. Let us debunk those- spraying and neutering do not cause your animal to become overweight and generally, they are a good fix for behavioral problems. Of course, there is no guarantee that the dog’s behavior will totally change. Although, it’s a pretty good bet, as neutering your pet especially will lead to reduced levels of testosterone which generally will reduce unwanted behavior.

So, you can probably understand by this point that spaying and neutering your dog is a good idea. However, there are certain times that are better to spay or neuter your pet then other. For dogs, the normal age for neutering is at six to nine months. Older dogs can also get neutered but there are more health risks that are a part of that. For cats, it is considered normal to be spayed or neutered at around eight weeks. Also, you can still a spay a cat when she is in heat. Of course, you will want to talk to your veterinarian to figure out when is the best time to spay or neuter.

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