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Posted on 02-04-2014
If you have a girl puppy, or a girl kitten, you may be wondering about dog spay and cat spay surgery. Likewise, if you have a boy puppy or kitten you may be wondering about dog neuter surgery or cat neuter surgery. If these terms make your head spin, read on as we explain the benefits that come with spay & neuter surgeries.
Spay surgery is the removal of a female pet’s reproductive organs. Cat spay and dog spay surgeries make it impossible for your female pets to become pregnant. Neutering surgery removes the testicles of a male pet. Therefore, dog neuter and cat neuter surgeries make it impossible for male pets to impregnate females. Spay & neuter surgeries help keep the population of stray and abandoned animals down and take pressure off of shelters and rescue organizations struggling to find good homes for these animals— this means that fewer animals suffer euthanization.
But wait: would it surprise you to learn that pets that undergo spay and neuter surgery live about 40 times longer than their unfixed pals? When puppies and kittens are spayed or neutered around the age of 8 weeks (give or take a few weeks depending on weight and breed), these pets suffer a vastly lower rate of reproductive cancers or infections. Female pets in particular benefit because they also never have to undergo the complications and risks of pregnancy and whelping.
Pets that are spayed or neutered are also easier to train and better able to focus on being a part of your family. This is particularly true for male pets. Un-neutered males are driven to wander, roam and spray or mark their territory. They can be aggressive and get into fights with other animals and even run out into traffic in search of a mate—all of which puts them at risk for injury. Neutering surgery removes these hormonal urges.
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