Important Health and Social Benefits
Spaying and neutering your dog or cat is not only an effective means of preventing overpopulation, but it has important health and social benefits:
- Your dog or cat will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying and neutering (removing the reproductive organs) are veterinary procedures that prevent uterine infection, malignant breast cancer and ovarian cancer in females and testicular cancer and prostate infections in males.
- Your male dog won't need to roam away from home...
An intact male dog in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one. If he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male dogs.
- ...and he/she will be a much better pet.
Un-neutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine in your home. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering, and contrary to popular myth, spaying and neutering will not change your dog's or cat's personality, cause obesity or make dogs any less capable of guarding your home.
- It packs a powerful punch in the fight against pet overpopulation.
Each year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are killed nationwide. These deaths are the result of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. (Source: ASPCA)