Medicine Hat Veterinary Services – Dr. Gupta

Top 6 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

  1. Neutering your cat or dog can help prevent some major health problems. Neutering your buddy prevents testicular cancer.
  2. Spaying and neutering will help them live a happier, healthier life. Spaying helps to prevent uterine infection known as Pyometra and also will help to prevent breast cancer. Both of which can be fatal to your pet.
  3. Once neutered, your male dog won’t want to continually escape and roam away from home. An intact male will do his best to get to a female dog that is in heat. He may try to jump the fence or dig out underneath. Once free he will be at risk for becoming lost or stolen, being hit by a car or fighting with other dogs.
  4. A female cat or dog once spayed will no longer have a heat cycle. A female cat can go into heat for 7-10 days and cycle every few weeks. They can be very loud and vocal- howling for a mate, they may also start urinating all over in the house as well as try to escape to the outdoors. A female dog will no longer have a messy bloody discharge because of a heat cycle.
  5. It is highly cost effective. The cost of spaying and neutering is a lot less than the cost of having an unwanted litter. There can also be emergency vet visits that arise from pregnancy complications or medical expenses due to cancer or uterine infections.
  6. Every dog and cat that is spayed or neutered helps to control the pet population. There is no doubt that overpopulation is a HUGE problem and concern. Every year MILLIONS of dogs and cats of all breeds and ages are either euthanized or suffer on the streets as strays, discarded and unwanted. Spaying and neutering will help prevent unplanned litters and decrease the amount of unwanted pets that are being euthanized.