Pets are a healthy part of our everyday lives. They help teach us to love, they teach us patience, and they listen to our troubles and worries when we are down. They make the perfect companion. However, you will want to make sure that they are looked after in return. Whether you’ve had Webster throughout your childhood and most of your adult life, or Patricia has only just been given to you as a surprise Christmas present, in order to help ensure the long life and the health of your pet, you will want to spay or neuter them.
Why should pets be neutered? As well as reducing the risk of a number of health issues, there is a wide range of potential benefits to fixing your pets. We have listed them here for your reading pleasure. Not sure about neutering your pet? Read on to see why you should really reconsider.
Preventing Unwanted Pregnancies
Every pregnancy can have its complications and if you have a pet that is frail or susceptible to illnesses, an unwanted or difficult pregnancy could be all it takes to tip them over the edge. If you don’t want to risk the health and even life of your pet on an unwanted pregnancy, you should spay your pets as soon as possible. A professional veterinarian will be able to recommend the ideal time period and can even arrange for the procedure to be carried out at a time best suited to you.
Keeping the Pet Population in Check
One guaranteed effect of spaying or neutering your pet is that they will not sire or birth any children. Cats and dogs in particular, even in developed countries, are becoming a major problem in that the stray population is taking over urban areas. Too many people are being irresponsible with their pets and letting them roam free without fixing them first. This results in more kittens and puppies that families are unable to take care of, so they simply let them into the wild. By spaying and neutering your pets, you are effectively helping to prevent the spread of this problem, which is an incredibly good thing.
Females will Live Happier, Healthier Lives and Males will be Less Aggressive
Spaying your pet will help to reduce the chances of breast cancer in females, a disease which is fatal for 50% of dogs and a staggering 90% of cats. Ideally, you will want to spay before your female goes into her first heat, as this will also help reduce territorial urinating and howling or yowling in cats.
Un-neutered male animals tend to be domineering and aggressive towards other pets and particularly other females, more so as they get older. This is because they are sexually frustrated and have to resort to anger as a means of getting their point across. When you neuter a pet, they become less aggressive and will also be less likely to run away from home – as some dogs are wont to do when searching for a mate.
Prevents a Huge Number of Illnesses and Diseases
Pets that have been spayed or neutered are far less likely to be susceptible to illnesses and tumours such as breast tumours and Pyometra in female dogs in particular, and testicular cancer in male animals. It also helps to reduce the risk of uterine infections, which can be killers if left untreated. Plus, in a direct contrast to many of the myths floating around, it will not cause your pet to gain unnecessary weight, so if you are worried about neutering affecting Sparky’s cholesterol level, you can stop now.
There are Other Ways to Teach Your Children
If you are trying to get a pet pregnant in order to teach your kids about the beauty of childbirth, stop now. There are other, cleaner and better ways to teach your children. With countless library books on the subject as well as demonstrations and birthing videos on YouTube and other social media platforms, you don’t need to have a pregnant pet in order to properly educate your kids on the matter.
They may like the idea of having puppies and kittens running around all over the place, but the bills soon stack up and unless you are planning on taking 6 walkies every day, you will quickly need to find a home for the litter. It is far better to spay or neuter your pets than to have to deal with teaching the children about the responsibilities of being a pet owner.
Owning a pregnant animal that gives birth to a number of tiny babies can be a real hoot, but it is also a lot of responsibility. Imagine if some of those babies die within the first few days of being alive. How are you going to help your kids get through that loss? Looking after new litters are expensive and they will all need to be vaccinated. Your new mum could experience mood swings and personality changes, which your own kids may find hard to understand. If you’re really only looking at taking care of one pet in the future, it is important to spay and neuter your pets, in order to avoid the whole host of problems associated with pregnancy and birth. It really is the responsible thing to do.
This article was provided by Sara Bryant, working with Vale Veterinary Clinic to improve health and care of pets.