Today is World Spay Day! As a pet owner, spaying or neutering is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make for your pet. For some, it’s not an easy decision nor should your decision be based solely on other people’s advice either. However, we can all agree that pets have become a part of our daily lives that their health and future make it that much important to know whether to spay or neuter your pet.
You might ask, why is it important to spay or neuter your pet? After all, putting your pet to go through surgery isn’t easy for any animal. Even more so the thought of removing a part of their anatomy seems inhumane.
But let's think for a moment why spaying or neutering helps.
For one, studies have shown that spayed or neutered cats and dogs have been found to live longer by as much as 62%. The longer lifespan is a result of a lower risk of certain types of cancer and infections.
Dog trainers find spaying or neutering dogs to decrease unwanted behaviors like excessive barking, howling, running away, or urine-marking.
Proponents for neutering or spaying pets also make financial sense by avoiding unnecessary veterinary costs as a result of treating serious medical conditions like infections or cancer that can run in the hundreds or thousands of dollars.
On that note, today is a celebration of why spaying or neutering your pet is important. To know if it's right for you and your pet, talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering today!