Posted: 23 Jul 2011 11:52 AM PDT
If you have one pet, then you are bound to have more especially if they are outdoor pets and not spayed or neutered. Here are some reasons that you might want to consider the procedure for your cat or dog.
First things first: Spaying refers to removing the ovaries and uterus from your female pet. Neutering refers to removing the testicles from your male pet. Now that we have the terms, it's time to identify when to have the procedure performed.
One Myth and Several Truths
One common myth is that your male pet will lose all of his aggressiveness when neutered. For many owners, aggressiveness is a problem. Pets can be hard to train and manage with family and/or visitors to the home. This goes beyond a normal bit of playful stubbornness on the part of the family pet. Neutering won't make your dog a wimp.
Beyond this reason that many don't have their pets "fixed" here are several reasons to do just that.
1. No unwanted pet litters – Pets who still have their reproductive organs always run the risk of having babies. Instead of just looking after one pet, you'll have to find homes for several more if your female pet gets pregnant. Unwanted litters can become strays in the neighborhood, leading to pet overpopulation.
2. Less territorial marking – Animals instinctively mark their territory to warn off other animals. This occurs more when they are not spayed or neutered. Females in heat will often mark their territory by urinating all over the place. This strong smelling urine can offend even the toughest noses. Save your carpet or hardwood floors.
4. Lower health risks – Cancer can be a problem for pets just like for humans. Male pets have a lower risk of testicular cancer when they are neutered which can prolong their lives. For female pets, spaying can help prevent breast and ovarian cancers from being a problem. Also, the procedure won't make your pet gain weight. Just like any other pet, with proper diet and exercise they can remain fit and trim into their golden years.
Spay or neuter early. It is safer and less traumatic for your pets. They don't have the chance to develop disciplinary problems or any of the other issues that lead people to have issues with their pets. It really is the humane way to protect your animal, the community and the environment around you.
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