Pet owners are often torn on the decision to take certain, permanent, prophylactic measures with their furry friends. With so much to consider, we’ve compiled a list of our top five reasons why it’s worthwhile to spay or neuter your pet.
Help Control Pet Overpopulation
7.6 million animals enter shelters each year in America alone. Of those, only 35% of dogs and 37% of cats will be adopted. Beyond shelters, it is estimated that there are approximately 70 million stray cats living on the streets. When you don't spay or neuter your pet, there’s no telling how many strays it could conceive without your knowing. PETA estimates that just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. Rather than adding to those numbers, you can reduce them by adopting a shelter pet.
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It’s Cost Effective
Spaying or neutering your pet is a one-time fee, ranging anywhere from approximately $45-$300 depending on your animal and breed. If that sounds steep to you, consider the fact that it’s far less than the cost of raising a puppy or kitten for life. Looking for a low cost option? The Humane Society of the United States offers an online tool to find a low cost spay-or-neuter program in your area.
It Can Prevent Cancer
According to the ASPCA, spaying and neutering helps to prevent uterine infections and breast tumors in female companions in approximately 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Neutering your male pet can help to prevent testicular cancer, and even some prostate problems.
Neutered male animals are less likely to spray to mark their territory (yuck!) all over your house, or run away. Spaying your female pet will keep her from going into heat, which also decreases her chances going to the bathroom on the carpet, as opposed to outside or in a litter box.
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It’s Perfectly Safe
Does putting your pet under the knife sound scary? Fear not, spaying and neutering is the most common surgery for animals. Your pet will be back on its paws within a few days. Laser surgery is also available at most veterinary clinics, which can help to further reduce healing time.
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