The Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets

If you want your pets to be happy and healthy, spaying and neutering them puts you on the right track! Currently, there is an abundance of animals in the world but not enough loving homes for them. This one-time procedure helps create a better world for not only you and your pets but for animals all over the United States and the world.

Know the Difference: Spaying Vs. Neutering

Simply put, spaying is for female pets, while males are neutered. A female’s ovaries and uterus are removed, and for males, it’s the testicles. However, people often use the term “neuter” regardless of the animal’s sex, as both procedures make your pet incapable of reproducing.

Why You Should Spay/Neuter Your Pets

Having your pet spayed or neutered is a great example of how one small act can have a very large impact. The procedure benefits you, your pet, your wallet, and the overall pet population in a positive way.

Keeping Your Pets Healthy

As pet owners, your furry friend’s health should be your number one priority, and a trip to the vet is just the first step to helping your pet lead a longer, healthier life! Not only does the procedure prevent pregnancy, but it also reduces your pet’s chances of having uterine cancer or breast tumors if it’s female and testicular cancer and prostate issues if it’s male.

Improving Your Pets’ Behavior

If your pet isn’t spayed or neutered, they’re bound to have behavior problems. An unspayed female can go into heat, meaning you’ll have to deal with a lot of howling during breeding season. Spaying them prevents this and spares you the headache! If you have your male pet neutered, he won’t need to roam all over to find a mate, so he’ll stay at home where he’s safe. Neutered males are also less likely to mount people and things and are less prone to urinating in inconvenient places.

Cutting Costs

We love our pets, but one thing is certain: they can be expensive! Considering the possible health problems a non-altered pet can have, you could end up spending thousands of dollars on medical expenses down the line. That’s five to ten times more than a routine neutering procedure. So cut down on potential spending in the future by spaying or neutering your pet now!

Controlling the Pet Population

Currently, more cats and dogs are being born in the United States than there are homes to take them. According to the ASPCA, 6.5 million companion animals are put in shelters each year, while about 1.5 million shelter animals have nowhere else to go and are euthanized. If you spay or neuter your pet, you won’t add to these numbers.

Help make the world a better place: spay or neuter your pets!

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