Neutering (removing the testicles of your male dog or cat) will vastly improve your pet’s behaviour and keep him close to home. Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog.
Spaying (removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet) is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalisation and offers lifelong health benefits.
Top 9 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and milk gland cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Neutering provides health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, chronic prostate infections and behavioural issues.
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 over the house!
Your male dog won't want to roam away.
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 & dogs focus their attention on their humans. Unneutered dogs & cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
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 unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighbourhood stray! It can cost his life if he is infected by the Feline Aids virus from being in a scarp with the neighbourhood stray.
Spaying & neutering pets 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 & neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
Your pet doesn't need to have a litter
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children-especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters and the municipal dump. There are tons of books and videos on youtube available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.