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5 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Pets

5 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Pets

February 26 is World Spay Day so your Orlando pet sitter would like to give you 5 reasons to spay or neuter pets. World Spay Day is an annual campaign that aims to encourage people to save animal lives by spaying and neutering companion animals and feral cats.

Health concerns and extending the quality of pets’ lives have become a major incentive to spaying or neutering our pets. In fact, many serious health risks can be minimized or prevented altogether by spaying and neutering, especially if done at an early age.

It is an ongoing debate as to when is the right time to spay or neuter,  but most veterinary experts believe the procedure should be done between 4 to 6 months of age prior to going into heat although other experts believe spaying or neutering after one heat cycle (before the pet turns one year of age) potentially improves skeletal development.  You should discuss the best time to spay or neuter your pet with your local veterinarian.  There are definitely benefits, regardless of when you decide to spay or neuter your dog or cat.

Deciding when to have the procedure performed is a discussion between you and your veterinarian. In the meantime, here are five reasons to consider spaying or neutering your dog or cat.

1. Cancer Prevention in Male Pets

Neutering eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer.  Male pets born without one or both testes have a higher risk for developing cancers, so this procedure is particularly beneficial.

2. Reduce Prostate Conditions

Though neutering does not help prevent prostate cancer in pets, having the procedure does decrease prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement). Male dogs are more susceptible to prostatitis. In fact, older dogs are often neutered mainly as a treatment for an enlarged prostate gland and perineal hernia.

3. Decrease in Urine Marking, Territorial Behavior

While spaying or neutering does not change your pet’s personality, the procedure can result in a change in behavior such as territorial urine marking or spraying. Veterinarians have also noticed a decrease in male pets seeking female pets in heat as a result of neutering, which can help to reduce the number of dogs trying to leave home because they’ve tracked a female scent.

4. Prevention of Pyometra

Pyometra, or infection of the uterus, is perhaps one of the most common health risks female dogs can avoid once they have been spayed. Pyometra can lead to serious and sometimes rapid life-threatening illness in an otherwise healthy dog. While dogs diagnosed with pyometra have treatment options, it is often too late to be effective. Spaying is the most effective method to prevent pyometra.

5. Cancer Prevention in Female Pets

Another complication of the intact female is the development of reproductive cancers. Ovarian, uterine and mammary (breast) cancers are all too frequent occurrences in unspayed females. Mammary cancers in cats are more critical as the occurrence in cats is significantly higher than in dogs.  Each heat cycle female pets goes through increases the risk of mammary tumors. Unless spayed at an early age, mammary cancers remain a viable risk.

Your Orlando pet sitter has listed 5 reasons to spay or neuter pets, but you will want to discuss the risks and benefits with your local veterinarian.

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