The consequences of not spaying and neutering cats and dogs can be very serious, and not just for the cats and dogs. For example, too many cats in an area can devastate the population of song birds and other desirable animals and it increases the spread of diseases like toxoplasmosis.
Failing to spay or neuter your pet can contribute to the growing population of homeless and feral animals. There are an estimated 70 million strays in the United States alone, and many of these will live short, violent lives. Homeless pets are more likely to be run over by a car or killed by another wild animal then to live a happy, healthy life. Even if they could be rounded up, most animal shelters are already overwhelmed which is why close to 3 million strays are euthanized each year.
The benefits of spaying or neutering your pet goes beyond the prevention of unwanted and homeless puppies or kittens. Males are less likely to want to roam around the neighborhood looking for receptive females. Male cats are much less likely to spray to mark their territory in the house and they’ll be less willing to get into fights with other males. Also, the chance of testicular cancer is eliminated and their risk of prostate disease is significantly reduced.
Females benefit because they won’t come into heat and attract male animals. Not coming into heat will also keep the cat or dog more comfortable and calm overall and the risk of reproductive cancers is eliminated if she’s spayed before her first heat.
Spaying is the procedure that’s performed on a female. In this procedure, the veterinarian removes the animal’s ovaries and uterus. In neutering, the testicles are removed from the male. Spaying and neutering are generally recommended by the time the animal is six months of age. The overwhelming majority of animals make a complete and speedy recovery.
Looking for a Spay and Neuter Clinic in Scottsdale? Let Horizon Animal Hospital spay or neuter your pet. It will make your pet healthier and both of you happier.
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