Preventing pet pregnancies is just one reason for spaying and neutering dogs and cats. While putting your pet through surgery when they’re so young might seem like a major step, it actually plays a key role in keeping them healthy and ensuring a more harmonious relationship with them. At Main Street Veterinary Center, we recommend spay and neuter surgery for both its small and large-scale benefits. It makes life better for your individual pet, but it also helps other animals in our community by reducing stray populations and crowding in shelters.
How Spay and Neuter Surgery Helps Individual Dogs and Cats
Health-wise, there are several ways dogs and cats can benefit from being spayed and neutered. Beyond preventing pregnancy, these procedures can also decrease a pet’s risk for certain diseases, including:
- Ovarian tumors
- Mammary gland tumors
- Uterine tumors
- Pyometra (uterine infection)
- Prostate tumors
- Testicular tumors
- Perinanal adenoma (a tumor that develops around the anus, more common in dogs than cats)
In addition to reducing your pet’s likelihood of developing a reproductive disease, spaying or neutering them can also reduce or prevent certain behaviors associated with hormones, including roaming, humping, vocalizing, acting aggressive, and spraying urine.