Importance of Neutering/Spaying Your Pet

Spaying and neutering pets are some of the best ways to control the animal population and give your pet a long, healthy life. The feline and canine populations have overstretched the local community’s capacity to care for them adequately. Additionally, pets can avoid certain health problems by getting spayed/neutered. Neutering and spaying animals have many benefits. 


The procedures can help protect the animals, and it is beneficial for pet owners and the community at large. It is important to understand why you need to neuter or spay your pet. 


Slowing Population Growth


A good reason to have pets neutered or spayed is to slow down population growth. Many of the unwanted and homeless animals end up neglected, die of disease, or are euthanized. Sterilization helps manage the issue of free-roaming animals and related disease concerns. 


Spaying and neutering is an effective and humane way to reduce the number of street animals. It helps improve the health of the remaining animals. The natural reduction of population ensures that only the most socialized animals are on the streets. 


Curbing Undesirable Behavior


Neutering and spaying help curb undesirable animal behavior. The hormone-related behaviors can be very problematic, and they can make animals aggressive. The procedure helps ensure that female animals do not have a heat cycle.


This eliminates the issue of attraction and attention from male dogs. Male dogs are less likely to roam or wander off the property after neutering. They are less distracted by female animals, and they do not get into fights with other males. There is also a reduction in spraying and marking. 


Preventing Health Problems


Spaying and neutering protect the animal from health complications. The procedure helps prevent diseases that have a relationship with breeding and the reproductive system. These are diseases such as TVT, pyometra, tumors, and reproductive cancer. 


Sterilizing animals at an early age usually leads them to live healthier and longer lives. Their lifespan goes up by around two to three years for canines and three to five years for felines. 


Cost-effective Procedure


Spaying or neutering is cost-effective and will help you save money in the long run. Neutered or spayed animals are healthier. This means that you can reduce the need for frequent vet visits due to disease or injury. 


A pet that is calm and well behaved is less likely to suffer from injuries caused by fighting or roaming. You can also avoid the costs associated with unwanted pregnancies or unwanted litter.


A Calmer, Less Aggressive Pet


Altering your pet will result in a calmer and better-behaved animal. Your pet will be less aggressive and much better for your family. Neutered males will not go around marking your expensive shrubs or your carpet. 


The animals are less likely to leave the property, and your home will be much cleaner without the bloody fluid associated with the estrous cycle in females.  


It is vital to realize that, contrary to some myths, spaying and neutering is very safe for your pet. In most cases, the procedure will not alter or harm your pet, and it will not make them uncomfortable. The procedure is quick and painless, and the vet can perform it conveniently in their office. Of course, it's always best to consult your veterinarian to see what is right for your pet.


For more on the importance of neutering and spaying, contact Animal Hospital of Salinas at our office in Salinas, California. You can call (831) 346-0600 today to schedule an appointment. After office hours, you can call (831) 899-4838 or (831) 373-7374.

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