Why Spay & Neuter?
Help save lives!
Your spayed or neutered pet will not produce unplanned litters of puppies or kittens who end up in shelters. Nationwide, 7.3 million dogs and cats enter shelter systems every year. Of those, 2.7 million are euthanized¹
. In a decade, just one unspayed cat will have 3,200 descendants²
, so spaying and neutering your pet will significantly reduce animal overpopulation!
Lower your cost of pet ownership.
Spayed and neutered pets have fewer medical conditions, which means you will pay less in both veterinary bills and in pet insurance premiums. Spayed and neutered animals also require 20% fewer calories than intact animals, so you can save 20% on pet food!
Improve the health and longevity of your beloved pet.
Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to suffer from an array of painful, costly, and sometimes fatal conditions involving the reproductive system, including:
Pyometra: infection of the uterus affects 25% of unspayed female dogs, and can cost thousands in emergency treatments without promise of recovery.
Mammary Cancer: breast cancer affects 26% of unspayed female dogs, and can easily spread to the lungs without aggressive, prompt, and expensive treatment. Female dogs spayed before the first heat cycle only has a 0.5% chance of getting breast cancer³.
Dystocia: when pregnant mothers cannot pass the babies through the birth canal, emergency caesarian section must be performed to save the pregnant mother’s life. Often, the babies will not survive this condition.
Testicular Cancer and Tumors: testicular tumors occur in dogs more than in other species4, and can be minimized with early neutering.
Perianal Tumors: perianal tumors are gland tumors most commonly found near the anus of older, unneutered males. It is the third most common type of tumor in unneutered males, and may require surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. 95 percent of perianal gland adenomas will disappear after neutering5.
Prostatic Hyerplasia: prostate disorders are found in 95% of male dogs by 9 years of age. Neutering at an early age inhibits testosterone and reduces its adverse effect on the health of the prostate6.
Reduce unwanted pet behaviors.
Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to be driven by mating behaviors and less likely to display associated and often undesirable behaviors, such as:
- Urine-marketing and leaving foul odors inside your home.
- Aggressive and territorial behavior towards other pets, children, and adult humans.
- Humping furniture, other pets, or guests.
- Roaming or running away from home in order to find a mate.
- Yowling that keeps your family and neighbors wide awake during spring and summer nights.
Convenience and Sanitation.
Spayed females do not go into heat, nor do they experience estrus (cat equivalent of menstruation). Neutered males also produce less discharge from the reproductive organ.