Updated: Apr 6
First of all, if you’re wondering what the difference between a SPAY and a NEUTER is… you're not alone! The terms are commonly confused.
Both, are procedures done to sterilize animals like cats and dogs (rendering them unable to reproduce), but spaying refers to the procedure done to females, and neutering refers to the procedure done to males.
Both are serious surgeries - spaying involves taking out the uterus and ovaries, while male pets are neutered by taking out the testicles.
There are many reasons why pet owners choose to have these procedures done for their pets.
1. Unexpected pregnancies
The call of the wild! An intact male is programmed to find it difficult to resist a female in heat. An intact male can run away and follow the smell of a female in heat located miles away - sometimes getting lost or hit by traffic. In addition, you may be liable if your male procreates. For those with female pets, you might find yourself caring for an unexpected family member - as well as the female throughout her pregnancy and birth, who will require extra medical care.
2. To reduce pet overpopulation
Meanwhile, 3 to 4 million of unwanted pets are euthanized each year, when many of these deaths could have been prevented by neutering and spaying. Too many pets - not enough homes.
3. Behavioural purposes
When done early in life, neutering can reduce aggressiveness and improve behaviour overall in our male pets. For example - you'll find less of the always-embarrassing "mounting" behaviour in our doggies!
4. Marking… peeeee-yew!
Few things smell WORSE than intact male cat urine. This increases the risk of being hit by a car. Neutering, when done early enough in life, virtually eliminates the odour of male cat urine and should prevent marking in male dogs.
Our pets simply don't understand how to cross the street safely. The urge to roam or run away from home is greatly reduced by neutering our pets. This keeps them out of scraps, out of traffic, and out of unexpected pregnancies. Not to mention, every year millions of pets get lost - often from simply roaming away from home.
6.To reduce (or even prevent) medical health issues
Intact male dogs can have a number of prostate diseases, which are prevented by neutering. A perineal hernia (often seen in intact male dogs) is dramatically reduced by neutering, and the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated. No testicles - less health problems! Female dogs have no risk of infections, cancers, or diseases of the uterus (which is removed), and also a reduced risk of breast cancer.
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