Few would argue against the irresistible cuteness of puppies and kittens, and yet too much of a good thing is, well, not a good thing at all. Contrary to what many folks think, more puppies and kittens in the world isn’t really beneficial in the long run. These animals grow up and if they’re not adopted, they are either euthanized or left homeless. 

Most pet owners do elect to spay or neuter their newly adopted pets, but the advantages go far beyond the simple fix to the overpopulation problem.

Get Fixed

The choice to spay or neuter definitely helps to decrease the numbers of animals without homes. When cats and dogs mate, and their offspring (and their offspring’s offspring) aren’t spayed or neutered, overpopulation skyrockets. A pair of cats can potentially yield over 400,000 kittens in 7 years. Two dogs can produce over 60,000 in 6 years. 

Millions of homeless cats and dogs are euthanized every year in the U.S., but we can change that by spaying and neutering them.

Important Details

The typical spay surgery removes the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus of a female. This completely sterilizes them, eliminates hormones, and decreases instincts to breed. 

A neuter surgery involves the complete removal of the male pet’s testes. As a result, they cannot reproduce and will not succumb to male breeding behaviors.

Spay or Neuter Won’t Change Them

While sterilization does eliminate their ability to reproduce, the surgery will not change an animal’s innate personality or disposition. Positive changes include:

  • They won’t spray or mark in the house.
  • Female pets will not go into heat.
  • Male dogs are less likely to mount people or furniture.
  • They will also be less likely to get into territorial fights with other animals, decreasing their chances of accidental injury or exposure to contagious disease.
  • Neutering decreases the urge to roam.

More Benefits

When you choose to spay or neuter your pet, you are building a healthier future for them. Infections and cancers that affect the breast tissue and uterus are greatly reduced in female pets, and chances of testicular and prostate cancers as well as infections in males decrease significantly.

In short, the removal of your pet’s reproductive organs can add years to their life. On average, male pets gain 1-3 years; female life expectancy can go up to 3-5 more years. 

We Are Here For You

When it comes to spaying or neutering pets, the more owners know the better. We value your concerns and take the time to answer all your questions prior to scheduling your pet’s spay or neuter appointment. For the safest possible procedure, certain diagnostics are necessary so we can administer safe and effective anesthesia, and we carefully monitor your pet throughout the entire surgery.

Is It Time?

It may be the right time to spay or neuter your pet. It’s often recommended that the procedure be done prior to a female’s first heat, and before spraying or marking behavior starts to pop up. Many pets are sterilized around the age of 6 months old.

If we can assist you with any questions or concerns regarding the decision to spay or neuter, our doctors and staff are always here for you at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center