Like most pet owners, you probably have an affinity for animals and are concerned about their care. Having your dog or cat fixed is an important aspect of pet care, especially if you’re in no position to care for a litter of newborn kittens or pups. Here are a few good reasons to consider having your pet neutered or spayed.
Protect Pet’s Health
Spaying female dogs or cats or neutering males can help them live longer, healthier lives. In female dogs, spaying can help avert uterine infections and breast cancer that could be fatal to your pet. Spaying a female dog before its first heat provides her with optimum protection against these conditions. Neutering a male dog before he’s six months old can eliminate the risk of testicular cancer.
If you’re concerned that spaying or neutering will cause your pet to gain excess weight, relax. This process will not affect your pet’s weight. Animals gain weight due to overeating or insufficient exercise. Regular exercise and a healthy diet will keep your pet healthy and fit.
Reduce Pet Care Costs
Spaying or neutering your pet can save you money on pet care costs. An unexpected pregnancy could cut into your budget with so many extra mouths to house and feed. You’ll also have to make time in your busy schedule to tend to their needs. Caring for your beloved pet is one thing — taking on the expense of half a dozen little ones is quite another.
Improve Pet Behavior
Unaltered male dogs and cats can be quite a handful due to their urge to roam and find a mate. Your dog could get hurt or lost by running away in search of female companionship. Your cat may start spraying urine everywhere and raise a fuss to get out of the house to find a mate. Once outside, he may provoke fights with other male cats in the neighborhood. Unaltered females tend to yowl loudly when in heat, disturbing both you and your neighbors. By spaying or neutering your pet, you can avert these and behavior problems.
Reduce Pet Homelessness
Spaying and neutering can help reduce the number of stray dogs and cats in any given area. In recent years, overpopulation of dogs and cats has led to a severe problem with homelessness. Spaying or neutering can reduce these numbers so animals don’t suffer needlessly on the streets.
Protect Your Community
Stray dogs and cats can cause problems in the community by preying on other animals, causing traffic accidents and digging into trash cans for food. By having your pet spayed or neutered, you do your part to protect your community and help to prevent animal homelessness.
If you’re looking for a place to spay or neuter your pet, we can help. At Park Hills Animal Hospital, we offer a wide range of pet care services designed to improve the quality of life of your beloved pet. For professional vet services at reasonable costs, give us a call at 859-581-5200.