The Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

When you get a new pet, making an appointment to spay or neuter him or her should be one of the first things on your to-do list. Spaying and neutering is one of the most important things you can do for your pet’s health and the health of all of the animals in your community. If you are concerned about the impacts of spaying or neutering your pet, speak to your veterinarian. Here is a look at some of the advantages of spay and neuter services for all animals.

Longer Life Span

Because spaying and neutering reduces the risk of many different health issues, including several forms of reproductive organ cancers, animals who undergo these procedures tend live longer lives. On average, dogs who are spayed or neutered live one to three years longer than unaltered canines, while spayed or neutered cats live three to five years longer. In addition to living longer, animals who are spayed or neutered live healthier lives, thanks to the reduced risk of disease.

Less Desire to Roam

Pets who are sterilized through spaying and neutering have less desire to escape and roam, which also keeps them safer and healthier. Pets who roam are more vulnerable to all manner of accidents, illnesses and injuries. As many as 85% of dogs who get hit by cars have not been spayed or neutered, and male cats who have not been altered live less than two years outdoors on average. Animals who are not altered are more likely to fight, which can result in the transmission of disease through bites and scratches.

Reduce Overpopulation

Cats reproduce at 45 times the rate of humans, while dogs are merely 15 times as prolific as people. For these reasons, among others, we find ourselves with an overabundance of dogs and cats, with huge populations sitting in shelters that are forced to euthanize them. When these animals are not in shelters and instead living on the street, they suffer, and they pose health risks to the community. Spaying and neutering pets prevents your animal from contributing to these larger population and community issues.

Make an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and talk to one of our vets about the benefits of spaying or neutering a dog or cat to learn more. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.

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