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What Are the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Pets?

Every pet owner wants the best for the furriest member of their family, and that means ensuring their health by any means possible. One essential step towards ensuring your pet’s wellbeing is spaying or neutering. But why are these procedures so vital? Read on to find out why you should choose to spay or neuter your pet. 

Health Advantages

Did you know that spaying/neutering dramatically reduces the risk of certain health issues in pets? For example, spaying a female pet can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, and removes the possibility of ovarian or uterine cancer. For male pets, neutering helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer and removes the risk of testicular cancer. 

Longer Lifespans

The decision to spay or neuter your pet can actually lead to a longer and happier life. That’s because the procedure reduces or removes the risk of many common health risks, such as certain forms of cancer. It also makes them less likely to try to run off or engage in combat with other animals during mating cycles. 

Population Control

Beyond the health benefits for individual pets, spaying/neutering avoids unwanted litters. Millions of animals end up in shelters yearly, and reducing unplanned births can avoid the chance of unwanted animals having to be euthanized. Plus, you and your pet won’t have to deal with the potential health risks and costs that come with an unplanned pregnancy. 

Your decision to spay or neuter is not only a choice for your pet’s health—it’s also good for your well-being. You won’t have to worry about your pet having an increased risk of certain diseases, allowing you to enjoy your time together. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian today to learn more about the spaying/neutering process.