Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Before we get to the pros of spaying and neutering, we have to say how incredibly important we feel this issue is. In fact, at its very core, MTAC has always seen education as a crucial component of its mission. Frankly, if we all spayed and neutered our companion animals, we probably wouldn’t have much to do here at MTAC HQ, and that seems like an alright proposition.
Now, you know from previous posts that there are literally millions of dogs and cats that need homes all across the United States, and spaying/ neutering is a great way to stop the growth of the population of homeless pets. However, we have a few more benefits for you to consider as well:
- Prevent future pregnancies. Did you miss that earlier? We said there are millions (7.6 MILLION, to be exact) of unwanted kittens and puppies in shelters, and a large percentage of them will be euthanized if they don’t find homes. With so many animals that don’t have homes, why contribute to the population?
- Prevent escapes. Your dog or cat will less likely try to escape and try to mate with others. This lowers their chance of roaming around on the streets to find other partners, especially when females are in heat. After being spayed or neutered, your pet’s desire of mating will decrease.
- Decrease mating behaviors. It is natural for unaltered dogs to display sexual behaviors such as mounting and thrusting. Although spaying/ neutering an animal does not guarantee these behaviors will disappear, they will more than likely decrease.
- Longer life. It is reported that spaying and neutering can extend a dog’s life by 1-3 years, and a cat’s life by 3-5 years. Why wouldn’t you want your dog to spend extra years with you?
- Take them to public places with no worries. You don’t need to worry about who your dog is sniffing when you take them to public dog parks. You will feel more comfortable with who your dog is socializing with.
- Protect them against diseases. They have a lower chance of getting mammary tumors, uterine infections, heartworm, Lyme Disease, and certain types of cancers. Although spaying and neutering can reduce the risks, it does not mean they are completely risk free of developing these diseases or cancer.
- Decrease aggressive behaviors. Once your dog reaches maturity, he may start showing aggressive behaviors towards other male dogs, such as growling to show dominance towards other dogs.
- Discounts and perks. There are certain discounts given to those pets who are altered, such as applying for a dog license or pet insurance.
Spaying and neutering your pet is highly recommended. There are way too many homeless dogs and cats, let’s stop overpopulation!
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