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Why Spay/Neuter?

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Spaying or neutering are routine medical procedures that not only help control pet overpopulation, but may also prevent medical and behavioral problems from developing, allowing your pet to lead a longer, healthier and happier life.

Spay/neuter directly impacts the number of animals that lose their lives in animal shelters and on our streets. Having your pet spayed or neutered helps reduce the number of pets that end up homeless and as strays in our communities.

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What is spay/neuter?

The word “spay” refers to the sterilization of female pets. The term “neuter,” while more commonly used to refer to the castration of male pets, can be used to describe the sterilization of either female or male pets. Puppies and kittens can now be spayed very early—as young as eight weeks.

What are some benefits of spay/neuter?

Healthy Pets.
Spay/neuter improves your pet’s health, reducing or eliminating the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. Evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Cats can go into heat and get pregnant as early as five months of age, so it’s important to spay early.

Because spay/neuter often reduces the tendency to fight with other animals, it also protects your pet from fight-related injuries and from dangerous viruses spread through bite wounds. Spayed/neutered animals wander less and stay closer to home. As a result, they are less likely to be lost or hit by cars.

Happy Families.
Spay/neuter reduces or eliminates spraying (marking objects with a spray of urine), yowling/howling, escaping, and other troublesome behaviors. You won’t have to deal with the mess or the inconvenience of a pet in heat (or a male pet reacting to a female in heat). You’ll be saved the considerable amount of time, money and hassle involved in raising litters of puppies or kittens, and having to find them all homes.

Spay/neuter can result in some behavior changes—for the better! Spayed or neutered pets are often less aggressive, more relaxed, and even more affectionate. Contrary to what some people fear, pets show no signs of “missing” mating or breeding. Rather, they are more content without those raging hormones!

Healthy Communities.
Spay/neuter has a direct impact on the incidence of dog bites in a community. The majority of dog bites (60–80 percent) are caused by intact male dogs. Pregnant or nursing female dogs are more likely to bite as well. Reducing your pet’s likelihood of biting or fighting may also help protect you from potential legal action. Spayed/neutered pets are less likely to engage in behaviors that could cause problems with neighbors.