Orangeville & District Animal Centre

The importance of Spaying and Neutering your Pets

When you have acquired a new pet either through buying or adoption, there are certain health decisions that you are supposed to make. One such decision is to spay or neuter your pet.

Spaying pets refers to a veterinary procedure of sterilizing female pets by removing their reproductive organs that include the uterus, fallopian tube and ovaries. Neutering pets, on the other hand, refers to the procedure of sterilizing male pets by removing their testes. This procedure is also known as castration or orchiectomy.

The importance of spaying and neutering your pets

Health Benefits – spaying your female pet helps in the prevention of breast cancer and uterine infections. These diseases are fatal in pets. As a result of this, there is a need to spay your pet before she experiences her first heat. Neutering, on the other hand, prevents your male pet from contracting testicular cancer.

Prevents your animals from going into heat and the resulting behaviour – female pets especially dogs exhibit aggressive behaviour when in heat. For instance, as these animals try to advertise for potential mates they yowl and urinate which may not go over well with you. Moreover, their urine usually has a strong smell which may affect your comfort. Male pets, on the other hand, will roam around looking for a potential mate. This may involve behaviours such as digging or cutting their way through the fence. This puts the animal's life in danger since it may get knocked over by traffic or it might get into a fight with other animals and end up getting hurt. Furthermore, it may not go down well with your neighbours when your pet forces itself on your neighbours' pets. All this can, however, be avoided if your pet is spayed or neutered

Controlling breed dilution – pet owners love to have pets of the "best" breed. As a result of this, there is need to protect a breed which is healthy and has all the good characteristics. Interbreeding of pet breeds, especially with those that have inferior characteristics leads to breed dilution. The resulting offspring is weaker and has natural health conditions that are not desirable. In light of this, spaying and neutering pets that are not the best of that particular breed ensures that a healthy lineage is maintained with strains of inferior traits being eliminated in the long run.

Population control of homeless pets – most of the time, local orphanages are usually full of stray and unwanted animals. This is something that can be reduced if pet owners managed their pets by spaying and neutering them. This is because it would lead to a reduction in animal population to a manageable number. Consequently, there would be fewer animals in the streets and orphanages. This would reduce the spread of communicable diseases within pets, especially when shelters fill up with many homeless pets. Ultimately, it would lead to a cleaner and healthier environment. On top of this, it would save the community the agony of spending millions of dollars in taxes every year to provide care for homeless and abandoned animals.

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