When you adopt a pet, one of the first things that needs to be done is spaying/neutering. We’re sure you’ve heard the advice many times, but why exactly is it so important?

Overpopulation

Not spaying or neutering your pets combined with one night out on the town can equal more little pups and kittens running around. According to The Humane Society, “there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted.” Sadly, the rest are often euthanized. Don’t let your pet contribute to overpopulation.

Health

Did you know that neutered male dogs live 18% longer than ones that have not been neutered? For females, that number rises to 23%. We know you want to love your pet for as long as possible, so give them a longer life by spaying and neutering! This can reduce their risk of cancer in their reproductive organs as well as their urge to roam.

Behavior

Pets who are un-neutered are often territorial and aggressive, both to other animals and to humans. The mild end of this is spraying, which cats and dogs do to mark their territory. The more extreme effects can result in biting and other dominance behavior. It’s important to note that spaying and neutering will not change your pet’s personality; it will only help alleviate the aggressive and territorial tendencies.

If you are in need of a Fort Collins veterinarian that can safely spay and neuter your pet, be sure to call the professionals at Countryside Animal Hospital. We look forward to helping you and your pet!