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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEUTER OR DESEX YOUR PET
Why It’s Important
There are too many unwanted, unloved pets in the world. It’s not only heartbreaking, but cruel and unacceptable. Spreading awareness and educating others about the importance of neutering or desexing your pet can help everyone become more responsible and caring pet owners as well as offer significant health benefits to your pet.
Triva fact: Male animals are “castrated” and female animals are “spayed”.
“Desexing” and “Neutering” are terms that are non-gender specific so can be used for both male and female animals.
The Benefits and Importance of Desexing
- Promote health
- Increase lifespan
- Reduce risk of cancer
- Prevent unwanted pregnancies and unwanted pets
- Eliminate costs of unwanted pets
- Help prevent or reduce aggression
- Reduce risk of contracting infections
- Reduce the number of shelter animals
- Help prevent or reduce behavioural issues
- Help prevent the development of diseases
- Reduce likelihood of (or interest in) roaming
- Reduce number of animals that need to be euthanised
- Prevents females from going into heat
- Reduces distress and pseudopregnancies which can be caused by recurrent heat
- Eliminates the need for medicines (with possible side effects) that suppress heats
- Eliminates uterine infections (pyometra) and reproductive tract cancers
As you can see, it’s a long, relevant list that benefits both puppies and kittens, as well as adult dogs and cats directly, not to mention other animals, and also humans indirectly.
GOOD TO KNOW
Recovery is usually rapid and the relevant procedure only needs to be performed once in a pet’s life. You should speak to your veterinarian about the best time to book your pet in for desexing as optimal timing can vary between different species and breeds.