When it comes to your pets, one of the most important things you can do is spay and neuter them. This is the most impactful way pet owners can reduce suffering for cats and dogs due to overpopulation. Without this routine surgery, there would be thousands more animals living on the streets, being abused by cruel individuals, or being put down in shelters. It may not seem like a significant problem; after all, what could happen if just your dog isn’t spayed? Well, one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 in a mere six years! This means it is crucial for every responsible pet owner to work to address the overpopulation problem.

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Pets who are spayed or neutered are healthier and happier. When a female dog or cat is spayed, they do not have to cope with the discomfort of heat periods. In addition, spayed animals are at a reduced risk for mammary and uterine cancer. For male dogs and cats, neutering reduces their aggression and reduces their risk of prostate or testicular cancer. Sterilized animals are also less likely to contract contagious diseases through bodily fluids.

Spaying and neutering is not only better for your pet’s health and well-being, it’s also better for the community. Compare the cost of you spaying or neutering your pet to that to the taxpayers to pick up strays, feed and house them, and euthanize those who never find a home. Sterilizing pets dramatically reduces the cost to taxpayers and the number of animals that need to be sheltered and subsequently euthanized.

Facts About Spaying and Neutering

Your pet’s personality will not change. The only behaviors that are reduced through spaying and neutering are negative ones, such as aggression and urine marking. Males become less aggressive and less likely to roam, and females are less moody. If anything, you can expect your pet to become more attached to your family because they are no longer interested in finding a mate.

Sterilization is perfectly safe. These surgeries are the most commonly performed on animals. Anesthesia is during the surgery and pain medication is administered afterward to ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible. Typically, they are back to normal within two days.
Sterilizing your pet won’t make them overweight. There is a misconception that spaying and neutering cause pets to gain weight. In reality, the only thing that makes them gain weight is inactivity and overfeeding.

At Countryside Animal Hospital, we would be happy to spay or neuter your pet to ensure that they can live a long and happy life. If you have more questions or are ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today!