Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pets

To Spay and Neuter, or Not To?

Top 9 reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered:

  • Your female pet will live a longer life

Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  • Prevents cancer in your male pet

Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat – the surgical removal of the testicles – prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

  • The female spayed pet won’t go into heat

While cycles can vary greatly, female cats usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to get mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently – sometimes all over the house. Not to mention the actions they perform which can be quite upsetting and unsettling thing to see from your precious baby! Unspayed female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so.

  • Your male pet will stay home

An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

  • Your male pet will be much better behaved

Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting on furniture and human legs when stimulated. (He may do this anyway as you’re probably already aware!) And, a neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as unneutered dog – and many aggression issues can be avoided by early neutering.

  • Spaying and neutering doesn’t mean your pet will get fat!

Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds – not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

  • Spaying and neutering stops costly accidents

The cost of your pet’s spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered male cat escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays…or the cost of cleaning the carpet or wood floors that your unspayed female is messing all over.

  • It cuts down on animal over-population

Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Contact an organization in your area for spay/neuter programs, or speak with your Veterinarian.

Oneida County: Stevens-Swan Humane Society offers rabies and spay/neuter programs for cats – Get More information

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Search for a Spay/Neuter Clinic near you – Search Now

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