More than 4 million pets are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year simply because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months old. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the biggest responsibilities you have as a pet owner. Not only are you being a responsible pet owner by spaying or neutering your pet, but you are protecting them from enduring certain health complications that can arise as a result from not spaying or neutering:

Spaying your female pet (ovariohysterectomy) - removal of the ovaries and uterus.

Ideal age is 4-6 months to eliminate or reduce the risk of:

  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Ovarian caner
  • Uterine cancer
  • Pyometra - an infection and accumulation of pus within the uterus. Affected individuals may develop a fever, vaginal discharge, vomiting, and a decrease in activity level and appetite. This is a life-threatening condition and requires emergency surgery to remove the infected uterus.
  • Pets with epilepsy or diabetes should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medications

Neutering your male pet (castration) - removal of the testicles and spermatic cord.

Ideal age is 4-6 months to eliminate or reduce the risk of:

  • Testicular cancer, the second most common tumor in male dogs
  • Prostate enlargement and/or cancer
  • Perianal tumors
  • Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases

Aside from minimizing health complications, there are many other benefits to spaying and neutering your pet such as:

  • Eliminating the desire to wander off and mate
  • Eliminating or lessening aggressive behavior
  • Eliminating or lessening bad habits such as leg lifting or spraying in males to mark territory
  • Eliminating vaginal bleeding with heat cycles
  • Eliminating unwanted pets from entering shelters   

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