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Spaying & Neutering Facts

2015-08-30

Spaying and neutering is important for long term good health and eliminates the risk of unwanted puppies and kittens.  An article from USA Today (May 7, 2013) states that spayed female dogs live 23% longer than un-spayed females, and neutered male live 18% longer than un-neutered males.   Reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, being struck by cars, and other mishaps.  Another contributor is the increased risk of certain types of cancers. Unspayed females have a far greater risk of developing urterine cancer, mammary cancer and other reproductive cancers, along with the risk of pyometra (a uterine infection that can be fatal). Unneutered males have the risk of testicular cancer, and increased risk of prostate cancer, prostatitis, and perianal tumors.It can also help prevent some behavioral issues. Such as roaming and “playing Houdini,” risking harm or ending up at a shelter.  Urine marking is another large behavior issue we see. Although it is often associated with unneutered males both male and female dogs and cats may do this. For cats the urge to spray is very strong in an intact male. The simplest solution is to get them neutered before it is ever a problem.  Neutering solves 90% of all marking issues. The longer you wait and the older your pets the less likely it will help because, the behavior has been ingrained into your pet.

Some people want to wait so their children can experience the birth of life. While this can be fun for your family, it is also expensive and brings puppies or kittens into a society that has shelters with many nice pets needing homes. The humane society numbers of strays and surrenders are increasing as adoption numbers are decreasing.