Any veterinarian will tell you—having your pet spayed or neutered is one of the best things you can ever do for them.
Eliminate or Reduce Cancer Risk
The risk of genital cancers is virtually eliminated in cats and dogs when they’re spayed or neutered. The likelihood of other cancer types, like prostate or breast cancer, is also greatly reduced. In addition, urinary- and reproductive-system issues, such as urinary tract infections, are less likely to occur in pets who have been spayed or neutered. Save yourself the hassle and cost of managing these issues; have your pet fixed early on in life.
Without the number of sex hormones coursing through their system as an intact pet has, an animal who has been spayed or neutered is far less likely to exhibit undesirable behaviors like chewing, scratching, loud vocalizations, aggression toward other pets or owners, house soiling, and more. If you’d like a well-behaved pet and aren’t looking forward to constant correctional training and disciplinary action, take the time to have your pet spayed or neutered while they’re still young.
Lower Likelihood of Escape
Intact male pets will feel an insatiable urge to find a mate when their respective breeding season comes around. Many animals—especially dogs—may go to great lengths to escape their enclosures or get out of the house. Dogs have even been known to dig under fences or chew through physical obstacles in order to seek a mate! Avoid the hassle of an escaped pet by having your male pet neutered.
Controlling the Homeless Pet Population
Of course, having your pet spayed or neutered has a broader benefit. Each and every year, hundreds of thousands of pets in the United States alone have to be euthanized, simply because there aren’t enough homes to take them in and shelters cannot keep every stray pet out there. By not having your pet fixed and allowing them to breed in an unrestricted manner, you’re only contributing to the problem! Don’t do the animal community a disservice—have your animal friend spayed or neutered early on in life to make sure they can’t breed in an uncontrolled manner.