Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Cats and Dogs
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Finding a dog or cat to add as a member of your family has many rewards, and can bring a lot of happiness o your home. However, it’s important to keep in mind the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. Pet populations can easily get out of control, and spaying and neutering are a safe and 100% effective form of birth control.
Since dogs and cats can have multiple litters per year, and litters consist of multiple babies, spaying and neutering is an important consideration that can keep animals off the street and save you the burden of finding homes for all of the offspring. As an Arizona clinic for dog neutering, we recommend that you bring your puppy to see us within a week of bringing them home.
Health Benefits of Spaying
Beyond the obvious birth control benefit, spaying or neutering a female kitten or puppy has other health benefits to consider.
When your pet is spayed or neutered, it can help prevent infections and breast tumors. Breast tumors are especially devastating for felines as 90% of breast tumors in cats end up being malignant. By spaying, you will help extend the life of your pet right away.
Spaying a cat and spaying a dog will also improve their mental well-being and behavior. A spayed cat won’t go into heat, which will spare you the extra urinating and noises that accompany a heat cycle. But keep in mind, spaying will not fix all behavioral issues. It’s still recommended to see your vet if you have any questions or concerns.
Health Benefits of Neutering
A neutered male dog will generally be less aggressive and less likely to run away from home and wander. Since he won’t be concerned with procreating, there’s no reason to leave his comfortable living situation.
Neutering a dog will also help prevent aggressive “marking territory” type behavior, which is especially beneficial to keeping your dog from urinating all over the place.
As an Arizona clinic for dog neutering and an advocate for the health of all of your animals, we recommend neutering for all cats and dogs. It is cost-effective, in that it will prevent potentially expensive surgeries down the line, and it’s beneficial for your animals’ health and happiness, as well as your own. Give your new family member a healthy start. Cats and dogs can be spayed or neutered as young as two months, and the sooner the better.