As sad as it is to admit, in every community in the country, there are homeless pets. In fact, the Humane Society estimates that there are 6 to 8 million homeless animals that enter shelters every year, and barely half of these animals find forever homes to take them in. The ones who don’t get homes are often euthanized simply because the shelters do not have the resources to continue to care for them. So what is the leading cause of all these homeless pets? Usually, they are the offspring of animals who were not spayed or neutered.

Your Pet’s Health

Did you know that spaying and neutering your pets can help with their health? When it comes to dog care, fixing your pet may be one of the best things you can do for your pup. Neutered male dogs live about 18 percent longer than dogs who are not neutered, and females who get spayed tend to live 23 percent longer than those who don’t get spayed.

Part of this difference in longevity has to do with a pet’s desire to roam. When your pets are not fixed, they will likely try to run away in order to seek a mate. This exposes them to other animals who may try to fight them, cars, and other dangerous situations that they may not be prepared for.

Another contributor to this difference is the types of cancers our pets seem to develop when they are not spayed or neutered. Unspayed pets have a greater chance of developing pyometra, uterine cancer, and other cancers that reside in the reproductive system.

Behavior

Your pet’s behavior may also shift depending on whether they are spayed or neutered. Cats and dogs who are not neutered are more likely to be territorial and mark “their” space by spraying urine. Non-fixed pets may also exhibit more signs of aggression, such as biting or attacking others. They also tend to have dominance problems, including excessive barking and mounting. The good news is, spaying and neutering your pet will only help with the aggression issues. It will not change the fundamental personality of your pet.

Contact Us

If you are ready to spay or neuter your pet, be sure to call the professionals at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital. We are here to help you with all of your cat and dog care needs. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment for your furry friend.