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Spay and Neuter Benefits

Medical Benefits

  • Female pets will live longer, healthier lives. Spaying prevents uterine infections and decreases the incidence of breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat maximizes these health benefits.

  • Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and minimizes some prostate problems.

Behavioral Benefits

  • A spayed female cat won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, intact female cats usually go into heat four to five days, every three weeks, during breeding season. Intact female cats will “advertise” for mates by yowling and urinating more frequently—sometimes in the house.

  • A neutered male dog will be less likely to wander from home. On the other hand, an intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways to escape. Once free, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other animals.

  • A neutered male may be better behaved. Intact dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog may be less likely to mount other dogs, people, and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.

Financial Benefits

  • Spaying/neutering your pets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.

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