Spaying and neutering your cat or dog is good for your pet, for your family, and for your community.
Spaying and neutering pets removes reproductive organs. This spares them and their families the stress of dealing with unwanted litters of kittens and puppies. And spaying and neutering helps your pet live longer, too!
Spay and neuter for your pet
Spaying decreases the likelihood of breast cancer
- A female dog or cat spayed before her first heat will have a near zero chance of getting mammary cancer.
- After the first heat, her chances of getting breast cancer increase to 7%. And after her second heat, her risk climbs to 25%. That’s one in four chances!
- Is it too late if your dog or cat is already past her second heat? NO! Spaying is important even if your dog or cat already has mammary tumors. This is because estrogen helps these tumors grow. Spaying removes the ovaries, which make estrogen. Removing the ovaries takes away the estrogen supply and slows down the growth of the tumors.
Spaying prevents uterine infections (pyometra)
- Pyometra is a very serious infection of the uterus. It can be a killer. Most often, pyometra strikes middle-aged or older female dogs during the six weeks after a heat. The uterus swells, filling with pus, bacteria, dying tissue, and toxins.
- The symptoms include loss of appetite, exhaustion, vomiting, heavy thirst, and usually (but not always) a discharge from the vaginal area.
- Without treatment, the pet will be in great pain and most likely die.
Neutering eliminates testicular cancer
- Tumors can occur on the testicles. Neutering removes the testicles and the chance of testicular cancer.
neutering decreases the chance of prostate infections
- As a dog ages, the testosterone his body produces can make his prostate gland slowly grow larger.
- If he is not neutered, by the time he’s five years old the dog’s prostate gland has enlarged. As he grows even older, his prostate is likely to become uncomfortable. It may even grow large enough to interfere with defecation, which is stressful for the dog and the family.
- Testosterone can also make the prostate more likely to become infected, which is painful and uncomfortable. It is almost impossible to treat this without neutering.
Spay and neuter for your family
Spaying and neutering can improve pet behaviors
- There tends to be less roaming since there is no longer a strong urge to mate.
- There tends to be less mounting, aggression, and fighting.
- There tends to be less spraying and urine marking.
Spaying and neutering can reduce family stress
- The need to deal with a pet in heat is gone.
- The unpleasant chore of cleaning up excessive spraying and urine marking is greatly reduced or removed.
- The cost and pressure of caring and finding homes for unwanted litters are a thing of the past.
- The pleasure of living with a less stressed, healthier pet increases!
Spay and neuter for your community
- Streets and yards can become quieter and safer when cats and dogs are not driven to mate. Less cat and dog roaming, spraying, marking, and fighting make neighborhoods nicer for all.
- Letting your female pet have “just one litter” has a dark side. Sadly, around 6.5 million pets end up in U.S. animal shelters every year. They’re split about half and half: 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
- What is heartbreaking is that each year, nearly 1.5 million of these shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).
- Preventing unplanned litters cuts down the number of homeless animals.
- Not spaying and neutering pets ends up costing pet owners and communities money and more—the lives of precious, deserving animals.
Spaying and Neutering your pet makes a difference!
Information for this page obtained from VeterinaryPartner and ASPCA