Spays and neuters help give your pets a healthier and longer life, minimizing health and behavior problems. With so many puppies and kittens born every day in our country, spays and neuters help keep unwanted populations down, which in turns gives a wider opportunity for those that are born to find a home.
Spaying is a surgical procedure performed on your female pets where both ovaries and uterus is removed. This procedure is performed when your pet is under general anesthesia. A few reasons why owners should think about spaying their dog or cat are to prevent unwanted pregnancies, not having to deal with the messy heat cycles that will attract male cats or dogs, and also to help prevent diseases, such as pyometra which is an infection in the uterus, and also mammary cancer. Research has also shown that spayed pets live a longer life than none spayed animals.
Neutering is a surgical procedure performed on your male pets where both testicles are removed. Neutering your dog or cat has similar reasons and benefits than spaying your female pets: you will not contribute to the overpopulation of cats and dogs, it will help eliminate some unwanted behaviors, and also help prevent prostate disease and testicular cancer.