The decision to have your pet spayed or neutered is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. In terms of benefits, it’s also the best decision you can make for their wellbeing. Spaying or neutering your pet is an essential part of responsible pet ownership.
Here are 4 reasons why it’s always necessary to spay or neuter your dog or cat.
1. Your Pet’s Health
A female dog or cat will live a longer, healthier life if spayed. Spaying helps to prevent uterine infections and some cancers. Your female pet should be spayed prior to going into heat for the first time for the best protection from diseases, however, spaying them anytime is better than not at all. Neutering a male pet has health benefits, mainly preventing testicular and other reproductive cancers.
2. Prevent Pet Homelessness
In the United States, for every human born there are seven puppies and kittens born, and the reality is there aren’t enough homes for these animals. Sterilization is the most effective method for pet population control. When pets are unable to breed, they’re not reproducing animals that may end up in shelters or worse, euthanized.
3. Reduce Costs
Costs for a caring for a pet with cancer can run into the thousands, several times as much as routine spay or neuter surgery. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you’re saving money in potential long-term costs. Preventative care, (including spay and neuter surgeries), is one way to save money on vet care throughout your pet’s life. In addition, many counties in the U.S. charge higher rates for licensing fees for unaltered pets, saving additional money that way as well.
4. Cure Bad Behavior
Unaltered dogs and cats may exhibit several unwanted behaviors that will be helped, if not completely cured if they’re spayed or neutered. For example, dogs who are not neutered are generally more aggressive and “mark” with their urine. Cats have the urge to spray if they’re not neutered or spayed. Having your pet fixed solves 90% of these marking tendencies in both cats and dogs. Furthermore, having your furry buddy spayed or neutered can reduce or stop their urge to roam away from home, fight with other animals, excessively bark or cry, and mount.
If you’re getting a new puppy or kitten, consider spaying or neutering them an early symbol of your love for them. Mobile pet vets are a great, convenient way to neuter or spay your new furry companion. If you have an animal already that needs to be sterilized, call your vet today. You’ll save money on future costs, protect your pet from illness, and curb bad behavior!
Check out SPOT's Platinum Preventive Care,* which reimburses for routine care including spay and neuter procedures.
*Preventive care is available as an add-on to an Accident & Illness plan for an additional cost.