To fix or not to fix? This isn’t always the easiest decision for a pet owner. You may feel bad about having them go through surgery or perhaps you think they may lose something important if they do. But believe it or not, you are doing the right thing by having your pet fixed. There are many advantages to having your pet spayed or neutered. Here, we will list some of the most important ones in hopes that we can help with your decision.
It helps to prevent overpopulation.
This is probably the most obvious reason. Pet overpopulation is a huge problem. In shelters all across the nation, pets are euthanized due to overpopulation. Of course, the thought of your pet having puppies or kittens is adorable and understandably tempting. However, spaying or neutering helps by decreasing the amount of unwanted pets. By doing this, we can give shelter animals a better chance at being adopted and finding their furever home.
It can eliminate reproduction related issues.
Believe it or not, breeding a pet isn’t always as easy as you would think. There can be reproductive and delivery issues for the female animal and also the babies. If the mom has issues carrying or delivering her young, veterinary care can be rather expensive. Some pets may not be interested in mothering their young, which can lead to them abandoning their parental duties. This can leave the human with a daunting and time consuming task.
It can reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Neutering or spaying can actually help make a pet healthier. It eliminates the risk of ovarian, uterine and testicular cancer. Unfortunately, some of these cancers can be aggressive, life-threatening and extremely costly. By fixing your pet, you eliminate their risk all together.
Your female pet won’t go through Heat…
Having a female pet in heat isn’t always a pleasant experience. It can make for a very anxious, stressed out or agitated female. It can unfortunately leave stains on carpets or furniture and can sometimes attract unwanted male suitors to your property or home. Female pets in heat tend to be somewhat aggressive and may lead to them attempting to escape the home in search of a male. This can put them in an unsafe or dangerous situation.
It can deter males from marking their territory.
A neutered male is much less likely to mark their territory than an unfixed male. Once neutered, males have less of a desire to leave their scent on their surroundings. This can lead to a cleaner and less smelly home.
It is worth the cost.
The spay and neuter surgery is a one time investment that can help a pet owner to save money in the long run. As discussed earlier, it decreases the risk of possible illnesses or diseases while also improving behavior. Fixed pets tend to have a better demeanor as they aren’t constantly “searching for love.” You may even be able to find a low-cost clinic through a local shelter as well.
In the long run, fixing your pet is the best way to go if you want to guarantee a longer and happier life. Don’t hesitate to ask your vet any additional questions or concerns.