Owners have to maintain routine visits to the vet, ensure proper grooming techniques and introduce a healthy lifestyle to their animal. This means regular walks or runs in the park and feeding them healthy foods. They also have to consider insurance for these animals to cover vet costs as well as personal injury or liabilities they may incur.
These are never free. Well, except for the jogging.
The sum total of all of these can go upwards of thousands of dollars on an annual basis. And this can just be for one dog or cat. A somewhat frightening scenario is having to pay for additional costs for extra dogs and cats.
The truth is that dogs and cats breed regularly, and rarely do they conceive of a single offspring. If you own a female pet, it is guaranteed that you will soon be the grandparent of a litter. If your pet breeds regularly, you could quite easily look like you’re running an animal farm in a short space of time.
It is for this reason, that the ASPCA rather than having a growing population of stray and unwanted animals on the streets, provides free spay and neuter clinics.
Therefore, owners can play an active role in stipulating how many offspring their pets are able to parent.
Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet
The decision to spay or neuter is not always an easy one. Some owners, under controlled environments, breed their pets for money. This is the ideal situation where your pet is able to utilize her breeding years without incurring additional costs.
As a matter of fact, you profit from this venture.
However, there are other circumstances where choosing to spay or neuter your pet is the best course of action. The best birth control procedure is 100 percent guaranteed because of its permanency.
1. Reduces Pet Homelessness
It is not an uncommon thing to see a homeless animal on the streets. In fact, the incidence of stray animals is greater than you might think.
Approximately 6.5 million animals are taken into animal shelters on a yearly basis. Less than half of these animals get adopted. So, while the streets are being rid of these fuzzy critters, they rack up food and medical costs.
If the shelter isn’t able to get them adopted, they will, sadly, have to euthanize them.
The statistics vary by state and communities, but roughly 300,000 animals are “put down” every year. Despite what some people may think, these aren’t just stray, mangy poaches with diseases. They are oftentimes purebreds and otherwise beloved family pets.
It is alarming to many people that over 2.7 million beautiful and healthy cats and dogs get euthanized yearly. Spaying and neutering is a good way of minimizing this homelessness. If left unneutered, the animals could wind up paying the ultimate cost.
2. Beneficial to Your Pet’s Health
The highest rates of spaying and neutering occur in the United States of America. Pets from the States also have a longer lifespan after being neutered, which suggests a positive causality.
This leads to the belief that the health benefits are more positive than they are adverse.
The prevention of various forms of cancer is an immense reason to have your pet spayed or neutered. Female dogs and cats are prone to mammary cancer after their first heat. The likelihood of developing this kind of cancer increases each time the female goes into heat, which is usually every eight months.
The males are vulnerable to prostate cancer as they age and testicular cancer in general. Both genders are unlikely to develop uterine cancers or bacterial infections that affect the reproductive organs when neutered.
One significant benefit of spaying and neutering is increased longevity. Their lifespan is shorter while in heat. Horny pets tend to roam and make themselves vulnerable to accidents and other injuries.
Serious age-related issues, cancers and tumors impact heavily on the health and wellbeing of your pet. Therefore, sober consideration should be given to doing these procedures, before your cat or dog turns one year of age. At that time, they might already be prone to life-threatening conditions.
Keep in mind that being spayed or neutered will in no wise affect their fundamental personalities, such as their natural protective instinct.
3. It Helps to Curb Bad behavior
As it relates to behavior, males display less aggression when neutered. Unneutered dogs tend to be more assertive and are more likely to make urine markings.
Females that display aggressive behaviors when in heat are more docile when neutered so they make for better pets.
Owners should bear in mind that neutering, though it prevents certain behaviors and conditions, will not cure pre-existing conditions. Negative behavioral traits that have become bad habits might remain, regardless of whether the animal is neutered or not.
This is why it is essential that owners make the decision, as soon as they can, whether they want to neuter their pets.
Other Behavioral Problems Lessened by Spaying/Neutering
Spaying or neutering may seem like a solution to a single problem. Its main advantage is that it prevents your pet from breeding too much and overpopulating your home.
However, it has other advantages as it relates to the overall behavioral health of your pet.
When females are in heat, they give off a strong hormonal scent. Coupled with that is the howling and writhing that attract many males from miles around. These males will then roam to find her, which could lead to a serious accident or death.
Studies conducted on the effects of neutering show that most dog bites are inflicted by those that are unneutered.
These animals also bark excessively, do mounting and several other behaviors as they try to demonstrate their prowess.
Cost Cutting Benefits of Spaying or Neutering
Caring for a pet can be very expensive. The long-term costs of an unneutered pet could run you into the thousands while spaying or neutering is free. However, you will end up spending time, eventually, if your pet gets sick or develop cancer of the reproductive system. This can end up costing you as much as five to ten times what it would cost for a normal spay surgery.
Since unneutered pets tend to be more aggressive, you stand to lose in the event of a liability if your pet damages another person’s property, pet, or causes bodily harm.
It could also cost you more to get your pet’s license renewed.
You may also face more in premium costs since owners of unneutered animals are more likely to make claims against the company than neutered ones.
Negative Side Effects of Spaying and Neutering
As with all other surgeries or procedures, there will be undesirable repercussions. One study shows an increased risk of hip dysplasia after neutering. This is because hormones necessary for bone development are absent. Bones in these animals can become deformed, as they will continue growing long after they are meant to.
Early neutering in both males and females risks the development of lymphoma by as much as four times.
The decision to neuter dogs or cats should be made early. If done too late, there is an increased risk of cancer.
Increased studies show additional adverse effects of spaying and neutering, which include a range of congenital, hormonal and chronic illnesses.
The Best Option for You and Your Pet
The decision to neuter or spay your pet ultimately rests in your hands. The benefits are great, such as a large reduction in the number of homeless animals.
It cuts costs for the owner in that insurance and licensing fees might be less, as well as potential liabilities that your pet may incur. If you have a pet that roams during mating season, you could wind up with a litter you did not plan on, nor can afford.
Animal shelters also get stuck with unwanted animals. These are not just stray animals but oftentimes pedigree animals and beloved members of families.
For those that are not able to get adopted, they are euthanized.
It is a sad occasion to put an animal down, thus neutering prevents unnecessary births that will lead to almost automatic deaths.
Conversely, recent studies have shown that there are as many, if not more, adverse effects of neutering than there are positive ones. It seems as many illnesses can result from neutering or spaying as not neutering your cat or dog.
The list may seem like an arduous one, but the immediate effects of neutering and spaying are great. You will neither have to contend with additional costs nor will you have an enlarged family.
Ultimately, your pet is your decision, and what is best for him or her should always be your paramount concern.
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