There are so many reasons why it is better for you and your pets if they are fixed. It’s a day procedure at the clinic and you can reduce a multitude of issues that come with intact animals.
Here are our top reasons:
- Your pet will live a longer healthier life
Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from uterine infections (pyometra) and most especially mammary cancer. These are both serious diseases and can be fatal. Neutering your dog prevents testicular cancer and prostatic diseases.
- Your spayed female won’t go into heat
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all around the house! Female dogs usually have several heats a year and each heat usually lasts about 3 weeks each time. They are very good at sending signals to male dogs and you may find male dogs wandering on to the property!
- Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
- Your neutered male will be much better behaved
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all around the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
- It is highly cost-effective
The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your un-neutered tom cat escapes and gets into fights with the neighbourhood stray!
- Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets. It also helps prevent overpopulation, which often results in these animals being euthanised or suffering as stray animals.
- Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children, especially when so many litters end up unwanted.