Spaying and Neuturing Your Pet

The Importance about Spaying and Neutering

There are many benefits to spaying and neutering your pet. First and foremost, you won’t be contributing to the pet overpopulation problem. Animal breeding should be left to reputable breeders who are trained in temperament, health, and who can guarantee a home for all of their animals. Shelters throughout the country are overrun with healthy pets that need loveable homes. 2.4 million of them get euthanized every year because there aren’t enough homes for them all. Don’t contribute to this problem, spay and neuter!

There are health and behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering. Spaying your female pet reduces their risk of uterine infection and breast cancer. Females that come into heat attract male animals from miles away. Females will fight to escape the house and vocalize relentlessly. It can be difficult and messy living with an un-spayed female. It is also very costly to care for a litter of puppies or kittens, much more expensive than the cost of the spay surgery. Neutered males have a completely reduced risk of developing testicular cancer. Un-neutered males are more likely to run away, can become more aggressive, and develop inappropriate marking behavior.

Many vets suggest to spay or neuter your pet when they are six to nine months old, while some recommend waiting until your pet has stopped growing. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian to discuss when would be best for your pet. There is no health benefit to allowing a heat cycle or a first litter for females, contrary to urban myth. Luckily, most animal shelters require their animals to be fixed before they are adopted, saving you the trouble of paying for the procedure yourself.

Here in Western Massachusetts, we are lucky enough to have the Dakin Spay and Neuter Clinic in downtown Springfield. They provide low cost spay and neuter to members of our community. They also work tirelessly to guarantee that all the animals adopted out at the shelter are fixed before they go home. Dakin often helps T.J. O’Connor as well. They run a great operation, so if you are interested in helping the pet overpopulation problem, consider making a donation to the Dakin Spay and Neuter Clinic. For more information about how they help our community, visit their website.