Petopics: Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets

January 15, 2016


We have been seeing a large number of very cute puppies and kittens , and today we will hit the highlights of why we recommend spaying and neutering your pets.

The most obvious reason is population control. In the United States, for every 1 person born, there are 7 puppies and kittens born! You don’t have to be a mathematician to see that these pets far outnumber the people that can home them, and thus we have a large overpopulation problem. Even preventing 1 litter can help.

There are statistics to show that spayed and neutered pets live longer lives. A study performed at the University of Georgia showed that spayed/neutered pets live an average of 9.4 years, compared to 7.9 years of unaltered animals. A year and a half longer with our pets seems like a good idea!
Spaying females prevents the risk of mammary cancer and ovarian cancer, as well as decreases the risk of uterine infections. Neutering male pets prevents testicular cancer and decreases the risk of prostate infections, along with decreasing hernia and perianal tumor risks.

Neutering/Spaying also helps with behavioral issues. Males are less likely to be aggressive or dominant. This can help with food guarding, marking territory, and aggression towards other dogs. It will also prevent him from roaming and potentially being hit by a car. Females in heat will often howl and cry incessantly. Spayed/Neutered animals are also easier to train (pesky hormones get in the way otherwise).

Talk with Dr. Krakowski, Dr. Bailey, or Dr. Craddock on what age it is best to spay/neuter your pet or any other related questions!

Please call our Cary veterinarian Dr. Krakowski, Dr. Bailey,
or Dr. Craddock at Chatham Animal Hospital today at
(919) 469-8114 if you would like to discuss this further!

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