Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Pet overpopulation is a major problem in the United States, with 6-8 million animals entering the shelter system each year. Tragically, only half of these animals end up adopted in loving homes. A portion of these animals are purebred. By spaying/neutering your pet, you can help reduce this number and help to save the lives of other pets in the future by decreasing unwanted pregnancy.
By spaying or neutering your pet when they are young, their risks of reproductive cancers, uterine infection, pregnancy, and unwanted behaviors such as urine marking are at their most minimal. As pets age, their risks for these health/behavioral issues increase and their surgical risk may become higher as they age and go through heat cycles. Early spay/neuter is also cost-effective as your pet ages. A uterine infection or pyometra is a good example of a completely preventable disease that can be life-threatening. Pyometra, or an infected uterus, is a severe illness that can occur in females that have not been spayed. The recommended treatment is typically a spay procedure – but due to complications with infection and a sick patient, it is typically much more expensive than a typical spay procedure and can be higher risk. By removing the uterus before it is able to develop any issues, you are helping to minimize your pet’s risk and help them live longer, healthier lives.