When you bring home your new puppy or kitten, you’re probably focused on their basic needs—making sure they have the right food, a safe environment to play, and an appropriate place to take care of their “business.” You’re probably also thinking about what a great time you’re going to have cuddling that sweet little guy! With so many things to consider, you may not have thought about another important issue: having your pet spayed or neutered.
Veterinarians agree that the benefits of altering your pet far outweigh any surgical risks. Whether you’re “bringing home baby” or getting an adult cat or dog, it’s a good idea to make this important procedure part of your adoption plan. Here are some great reasons why:
If you love pets—and we know you do—you don’t feel very good about all the cats and dogs that are put down in shelters every year. Sadly, there are always more homeless pets than there are families to love them. Fewer “unwanted pregnancies” will mean less pets facing euthanasia.
2) Always looking for love
When you’re a lonely dog, anything can seem like a potential love-match. Neutering your male will stop unwanted – and often embarrassing – behavior. While spaying your female will stop her from going into heat which will mean less work for you in the future.
3) Giving up the fight
Dogs that haven’t been neutered are more prone to aggressive behaviour. Having your pet altered will help keep the peace in your animal kingdom.
4) Health benefits
Through spay and neuter, the risk of cancer is eliminated in the ovaries, uterus, prostate, and testicles. The change in hormones also means females have a lower risk of mammary cancer.
These are just a few of the many reasons why you should seriously consider spaying or neutering your pet—and there are plenty more! But don’t just take our word for it. Watch our video on getting your pet spayed or neutered to hear Dr. Chip discuss what you need to know to do the right thing. He’ll also talk about some of the common things people worry about and help you understand how safe and effective spaying and neutering can be.