The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
(Reprinted courtesy of the ASPCA)
For every pet we spay or neuter, we prevent the birth of thousands of unwanted puppies or kittens with no place to call home. Spaying and neutering can reverse the trend in pet homelessness, and there are big advantages for both the pet and pet parent. Many people simply aren’t aware, but you can help spread the word!
Spaying and neutering can:
- Improve your pets’ behavior.
- Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to wander, less likely to “mark” your stuff and get in fewer fights.
- The procedure does not change your pet’s personality. So no, your tough pup won’t lose his hunting dog edge and your cat won’t get fat and lazy (well, at least not from the operation).
- Make your pets healthier and help them live longer.
- Spaying and neutering reduces the risk of many cancers and certain infections.
- Give you a happier pet and help you and your pet have a better relationship.
- Because spaying and neutering usually makes pets calmer and more focused on their people, they are more likely to fit into the family and make happier pets.
The bottom line? This simple procedure helps pets live longer, healthier, happier lives.
P.S. Don’t forget the rabbits! Rabbits reproduce faster than dogs or cats and end up in shelters, where they are rarely adopted.