Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Heed Bob Barker’s Advice!

For years, “The Price is Right” former host Bob Barker ended his sign-off with a reminder to spay and neuter your pets. Barker may be long retired, but his advice remains sound and, since February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, here is another reminder.

Even though pet adoptions are up because of the pandemic, there are still millions of dogs and cats euthanized annually because they can’t find homes. Consider this: a dog can have as many three litters a year and a cat can have up to five litters annually. Think about all those puppies and kittens – and the puppies and kittens they could be producing themselves within a year!The world will never run out of dogs and cats, so spaying and neutering is a great way to keep populations in check.

There also are important health reasons for spaying or neutering.

  • Spaying reduces breast tumors and uterine infections – things can occur in up to 90% of cats and 50% of dogs.

  • With male pets, neutering helps with the prevention of prostate problems and testicular cancer. Having to deal with those problems is far more expensive than spaying/neutering.

  • Spaying and neutering also make for better-behaved pets. Unneutered dogs, for example, may run away from home to seek a mate, while female cats will yowl and even urinate indiscriminately around your home.

  • With both dogs and cats, spaying and neutering reduce aggressive behavior.

Pets can be spayed or neutered at any time as adults, but it’s better to do so when they’re puppies and kittens. For the former, between six and 18 months is ideal, depending upon size and breed, while for the latter, it’s usually safe after eight weeks.

Finally, let’s save the best reason for last – spayed and neutered animals live longer, so you’ll have more time with your furry friends.

A Banfield Pet Hospitals studies showed that neutered dogs lived 18% longer, while spayed dogs lived 23% longer. It was even better for cats: Spayed cats lived 39% longer, while neutered cats lived 62% longer.

Do you need any more reason than longevity to spay/neuter your pets?


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  1. I had no idea that spaying can help reduce the risk of tumors and uterine infections in dogs and cats. I just adopted an adorable little kitty from the pet store, and I think that I am going to get her spayed sometime soon. I definitely don’t want her to get infected or to have babies anytime soon!

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