Spaying or neutering your pet will help contribute to better health and a longer life for your pet and peace of mind for you. Spaying before the first estrous cycle greatly reduces your pet's chances of developing mammary cancer and helps to eliminate the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer as well. Most importantly it prevents a uterine infection which is a common occurrence in unspayed females and can be fatal if not addressed properly. It can also cost 5x the amount of a routine spay if it does occur.
Neutering your pet will help prevent testicular tumors, prostatic issues as well as urinary problems. Neutering males earlier in life make them less aggressive toward other males and less likely to mark their territory. Neutered pets are also less likely to roam which decreases the threat of fighting and potential wounds from fighting.
Spaying and neutering also decreases the chance of having unwanted puppies or kittens which leads to the overpopulation problem. If you are thinking about breeding, realize that it is difficult to take care of puppies and kittens, it takes a lot of money and it is not as easy as you might think.
We encourage pets to be spayed/neutered usually around 6 months (22-26 weeks) old, but spaying or neutering can be done at any age. Anesthesia is required which involves a slight risk, however, the procedure is very safe and routinely performed. The medical benefits clearly outweigh the slight risk involved with undergoing anesthesia. After surgery, the pet will need to be confined to the house for a few days, kept quiet, and not allowed to jump or bite at the sutures. Spaying and neutering will not change the personality of your pet and will not affect their activity level.
DID YOU KNOW????
5,500: Is the numbers of puppies and kittens that are born every hour in the United States, compared with 415 human babies
An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies,
and their puppies' puppies, if none are ever
neutered or spayed, add up to:
1 year: 16
2 years: 128
3 years: 512
4 years: 2,048
5 years: 12,288
6 years: 67,000
In the words of Bob Barker from the Price is Right...
"Help control the pet population and spay or neuter your pet."