Spay and Neuter
The surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female to prevent pregnancy or the removal of the testicles of males to prevent them from impregnating females.
Why Spay or Neuter?
It’s good for your pet…
- Spaying/neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by eliminating or reducing the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult and/or expensive to treat.
- It’s better to spay your female pet before she goes into heat for the first time. This reduces the risk of breast cancer and eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer in your dog.
- Neutered males will not develop testicular cancer and their risk for developing prostate cancer is greatly reduced.
It’s good for you…
- Spayed/neutered pets are, typically, better behaved and more calm and affectionate than those that are not spayed/neutered.
- Male cats are less likely to spray urine and mark their territory, especially if neutered prior to developing this habit.
- Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle, thereby eliminating regular bleeding, and the incessant crying and nervous behavior that often accompanies the heat cycle.
- Neutering decreases and animal’s desire to escape and wander the neighborhood in search of a mate. This decreases the risk of fights, death caused by getting hit by cars, and lost or stolen pets. You avoid the cost and sadness of a lost pet.
- Spaying keeps unwelcome male animals away.
It’s good for the community…
- Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
- Spay/neuter decreases the homeless animal population. Shelters are full of homeless animals, and there are not enough homes for all of them.
- Spay/neuter decreases the number of strays, which are often involved in dog bites and attacks, automobile accidents, defication on and damage to private property, and more.
- Stray animals can also scare away and kill wildlife and other domestic animals.