The Many Benefits of Having Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
From breeding to the idea that it’s unethical, some people have many reasons for not choosing to have a pet spayed or neutered. While there are some arguments for not having a pet altered, this procedure has many advantages for both pets and their communities.
Having Your Pet Spayed or Neutered is Healthy
Although it may seem healthier to leave your pet intact, this is not the case for many pets. There are actually health benefits to sterilizing animals, which include:
- Neutered dogs are less likely to develop prostate problems and testicular cancer.
- Spaying your female pet can help prevent uterine infections.
- Spaying is also linked to a reduction in breast tumors (including those that are cancerous).
Neutering or spaying your pet contributes to a better quality of life. Since intact pets will often roam when they are seeking a mate, many become lost or victims of cars, wildlife, or other outdoor dangers.
Spaying and Neutering Pets is Humane
Each year, roughly 3.5 million animals are euthanized in shelters. Unfortunately, there are more pets awaiting homes than there are families willing to adopt. By choosing to alter your pet, you help save lives and find loving families for pets who are deserving of a forever home.
Spaying and neutering also helps curb some behaviors that contribute to animals being left at shelters (for example, aggression, spraying, running away, etc.).
Unaltered pets dumped in wild areas or communities can harm local wildlife, livestock, people, and the pets themselves. So there are numerous important reasons for taking this responsible step to prevent pet overpopulation.
Making the Decision for the Best Possible Care
The good news is that spaying or neutering your pet is an effective way to keep him or her healthy. At Maywood Veterinary Clinic, your pet will receive the very best care.
Unlike some low-cost clinics where minimal attention is given to pet patients, Maywood has a modern, fully-equipped surgical suite. We safely monitor your pet’s vitals and comfort, both during surgery and postoperative recovery.
Pain management begins before surgery and is carefully assessed throughout the entire process, including with at-home aftercare. We’re also proud to offer cold laser therapy, which is used on incision sites to reduce bleeding and swelling and to promote faster healing.