Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Importance of Spay/Neuter With Pets
February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month with World Spay Day falling on the 23rd. To help raise support and awareness, I am posting an article on why having your pet fixed may have more benefits then some owners might be aware of.
There are many reasons to have your cat or dog fixed, a lot of people know about getting a pet fixed to stop unwanted breeding. However, many still are not aware of just how crucial getting your pet fixed for even it's own well being.
Unlike humans, cats can go into heat about every 3 weeks while dogs can vary depending on their size. Some small dogs go into heat 3 times a year, the largest dogs usually only once a year.
As a pet matures, both male and females will try to wander for breeding. Some people have the misconception that only a male will wander off away from it's home, but a female is even more likely to wander due to instincts persuasion. Unfixed pets are more likely to go missing than fixed pets who have less drive to seek out others or establish territory.
Cancer is another reason to get your pet fixed. If you get your female pet spayed, you eliminate the possibility of ovarian cancer ever developing. Also, a pet that is spayed before her first heat cycle has only a .5% chance of every developing breast cancer. Each time she goes into head the chances of developing breast cancer increase. If you wait till the pet is 2 1/2 years old, there will be no added protection against breast cancer from having her spayed. For male pets, having them neutered eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
Getting an animal spayed/neutered does not have a negative impact on an animals psychology, especially when fixed young. If you have your animal fixed at a young age, you will decrease the chances of the animal ever becoming aggressive towards other pets for territorial issues. While nothing replaces the need of proper behavioral training in pets, having an animal fixed young does show to help prevent a problem with sexual based territorial aggression ever developing in a majority of pets.
Animals getting fat and lazy from being fixed is just a myth. If your animal gets fixed and suddenly is becoming less active and obese, talk to your vet about a proper diet and exercise regiment. Having an animal fixed is not the cause of this, it means that the animal is either eating too much or not getting enough exercise.
Other reasons for getting a cat/dog fixed:
A male left intact is more likely to develop a habit of spraying to mark his territory, this includes your furniture, walls, clothes, and anything else he deems his.
A male left intact is more prone to be aggressive and will start fights with other animals inside the same household, this can lead to expensive veterinary bills due to infections caused by claw and teeth cuts.
A female left intact can become very vocal when she is in heat, constant yowling at all hours.
Even if your female cat is indoors only, outdoor male cats will still be able to scent her out and you might ended up dealing with constant cat fights in your yard as well as marking around and on your house.