Spaying is a general term used to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female animal. Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. However, neutering is often used in reference to both genders.
The decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one. It can be the single best decision you make for his long-term welfare.
Getting your pet spayed or neutered can:
In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.
A USA Today article cites that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According to the report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs. The report goes on to add that in Mississippi, the lowest-ranking state for pet longevity, 44% of the dogs are not neutered or spayed.
Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. (Many pet doctors now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.)
Males who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought they they have lowered rates of prostate cancer, as well.
Unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking than neutered dogs.
For cats, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 4 months of age before there is even a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues.
When you factor in the long-term costs potentially incurred by a non-altered pet, the savings afforded by spay/neuter are clear.
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pet's life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pet's health, it's also vital to control the homeless pet population.
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