For many pet owners, it’s second nature to spay and neuter a newly adopted dog or cat. For all intents and purposes, spay and neuter surgeries are almost synonymous with adoptions in general, but despite that, there are many owners who might be reluctant to pursue these operations which alter the pets from being the way that nature intended.
If the prospect of spaying or neutering a cat or dog seems inhumane, it’s important to understand what the consequences can be of a pet that isn’t fixed. As professional veterinarians who carry out spaying and neutering services almost every day in Charlotte and the surrounding areas, we want all of our readers to know that the procedure is done very carefully and humanely, and that leaving them “intact” can cause major problems at home, and even endanger your pet.
If You Don’t Neuter Your Male Pet
While it’s always hard to apply universal claims about dogs (due to the tremendous amount of different breeds and behavioral tendencies), there are some truths that are consistent among all species of dogs. And one of those is that male dogs can be very aggressive. By not neutering your dog, they will produce a lot more testosterone, which can exacerbate aggressive tendencies, especially if your pup is alpha in nature.
Excessive testosterone can be dangerous for a domesticated dog. They will be more inclined to pick violent fights with other males, and are more likely to see other dogs as rivals. Furthermore, aggressive dogs can direct their pent-up energy towards humans, and the last thing you want is for your dog to end up biting someone — an act that can lead to euthanization if it’s serious enough.
And, it goes without saying that an intact dog will go through any means possible to mate. You’re going to a see a lot more sexual energy in your dog. At best, this means he’ll be humping a lot more of your objects. At worst, your dog will go out of its way to go mate with females — and if he can’t, he’ll end up feeling extremely stressed, agitated, and on edge. Did you know that male dogs can smell a female scent from over 5,000 feet away?
While dogs are known to happily mark their territory with urine whenever they get a chance, this is actually a habit that isn’t present in most domesticated cats. Indeed, cat owners can have the satisfaction knowing that most cats are content to keep their pee in their litter box with no potty training whatsoever.
That is, unless, you have an intact male cat.
A cat who hasn’t been neutered is much more likely to be prone to marking territory, and before you know it, you’ll find cat urine all over your home. Unfortunately, cat urine is much nastier than dog urine, due to the exceedingly high levels of ammonia it contains. It’s harder to clean out, and its scent is much more pungent.
Aside from turning your kitty into a pee-happy deviant, you’re throwing him into a battle against his very nature, which is as aggravating and stressful for cats as it is for dogs. The big difference is that most cats are confined to the indoors, while dogs aren’t. This exacerbates the problem because they are quite literally trapped in surroundings that’s preventing them from acting on their hormonal urges.
When it comes down to it, a neutered indoor cat will be a happier cat in the long run.
If You Don’t Spay Your Female Pet
Anybody who’s endured a female dog in heat knows just how much of a trial it can be, for both dog and owner.
For the uninitiated, any unspayed female dog will eventually enter into a “heat period” where her hormones are telling her to do just one thing — breed, breed, breed. The instinct to procreate is strong in all animals, and with female dogs, it practically drives their existence during breeding season.
Unfortunately it’s not really a fun experience. Your dog will have bloody discharges, hump whatever objects she can, and encourage other dogs to do the same to her. She’ll spend an inordinate amount of time grooming her genitals, which will also swell during this period — not really a pleasant sight.
But that’s not all — remember how we mentioned that dogs can smell females in heat from more than a mile away? Be prepared to keep a vigilant watch on your girl, because you can bet that intact dogs all over the neighborhood will be doing their damndest to mate with her — and you’d be surprised at how useless fences can be to a dog who really wants to get it on.
Finally, you should know that having a litter of puppies isn’t exactly safe for the mother dog. Dying as a result of childbirth isn’t very uncommon, and 25% of intact female dogs are at risk of developing a potentially deadly infection called pyometra. Keep her safe and get her spayed!
Cats are subject to the same conditions that we’ve listed earlier, both with female dogs and male cats. That is, being trapped in a space where they aren’t free to satisfy their hormones, and going through heat cycles that are similar to what dogs experience. Female cats suffer from the same kind of stress and agony, but they’ve got some problems of their own too.
Specifically, the mating process isn’t fun for lady cats. In fact, “not fun” is a bit of an understatement — feline intercourse is violent, aggressive, and exceedingly painful for the female. It not only will stress your kitty out, it also puts her at risk of various diseases and birth-related dangers.
Humans were lucky enough to be blessed with pleasurable intercourse,, but we shouldn’t make the mistake of assuming the same for other animals. For most animals, mating is a biological obligation and little more — and for kitties, it’s just downright awful. Yes, adorable little kittens are cute and all, but trust us as professional veterinarians when we say that you’re doing your cat a favor by getting her spayed.
Spay and Neuter Surgery in Charlotte
There are more than a few compelling reasons to neuter or spay your pets. While it may seem cruel to snip off a part of an animal that’s so integral to the way that nature designed them, the simple reality is that sex drives are different in animals than in humans, and in a domesticated environment, the pets are better off without them. If they’re going to be living in a human home under human protection, it’s a simple fact that they will be happier, healthier, and safer if these surgeries are carried out.
Do you have a newly adopted cat or dog that needs to be spayed or neutered? Do you live in or around the Charlotte area? If so, it’s time to call West Ballantyne Animal Hospital for spay and neuter services. Contact us today!