What is spaying and neutering?
Sometimes referred to as "altering," spaying and neutering are ways of providing birth control for dogs and cats by removing their reproductive organs, therefore preventing them from having litters of puppies or kittens. Spaying is the procedure used for female pets, and neutering generally refers to the procedure used for male pets.
Why should I know about this?
In one way or another, all of us, including those who do not even have pets are affected by animal overpopulation.
Millions of tax dollars are spent annually to care for lost, abandoned, and unwanted pets. . . and millions more to put to sleep those that were not fortunate enough to find a home.
The health and safety of our communities is another concern. The greater the population of unwanted animals, the greater the incidence of such animal related issues as rabies, dog bites, cat scratches, traffic accidents, and animal abuse.
What are the benefits of spaying and neutering?
Having your pet spayed or neutered benefits both you and your pet. Your pet can enjoy a longer life and better health, and you get peace of mind knowing your animal companion is safer and happier. Some specific benefits are:
- Reduced risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer or infection in female cats and dogs
- Reduced risk of testicular and prostate cancer or maladies in male cats and dogs
- No unwanted pregnancies
- Reduced incidence of aggressive behavior in male cats and dogs
- Reduced desire to roam, breed, mark territory, fight with other animals for male cats and dogs
- Reduced desire to roam and breed for female cats and dogs
- Alleviates the dog and cat overpopulation problem