Spay/neuter is the best way to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats that end up in animal shelters and, if not adopted, get euthanized to make room for yet more homeless pets. But did you know that altering also has many health and behavioral benefits for male and female pets? Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should fix your pets.
1. Male and female dogs and cats will have less desire to roam in search of mates. Reduced roaming makes it less likely that your pet will be injured in fights with other animals or killed by being hit by a car. Studies show that the majority of pets hit by cars are unaltered males.
2. Neutering a male will eliminate the risk of testicular cancer and reduce the incidence of prostate disease.
3. Spaying a female will reduce or eliminate the risk of mammary, uterine, and ovarian cancer, especially if done before the first heat.
4. Spaying a female pet will also prevent a serious and potentially fatal illness called pyometra. Pyometra is an infection of the uterus caused by hormonal changes during heat. Spaying removes the uterus and prevents this life-threatening condition.
5. Spay/neuter will increase your pet’s odds of living a long and healthy life. The prevention of roaming-related injuries and diseases of the reproductive system increases your pet’s lifespan...dogs by an average of 1-3 years and cats by an average of 3-5 years.
6. Neutering reduces aggressive behavior in males, including fighting and bites. Territory marking by spraying will also be reduced.
7. Spaying and neutering your pet rabbit also decreases the risk of reproductive cancer in females, and reduces aggressive and destructive behaviors (fighting, spraying, and biting) in males.
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