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top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet!



If you haven't already had your pet spayed or neutered we have compiled the list of TOP 10 REASONS TO SPAY OR NEUTER your pet! It is one of the most important health decisions you can make for your pet. You might be asking yourself, "Really"? How could it be that important? Well, for starters it helps to extend your pets life (see below!), and it also helps to avoid adding to the estimated 6 to 8 million homeless pets in this country that eventually face being put down. If you are like us, a true pet lover, then the most important thing you can do is have your pet spayed or neutered. If you are still not convinced... lucky for you we have put together this useful and informative list of the TOP TEN REASONS TO SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET!


1 - Your neutered male will be much better behaved:

Un-neutered cats and dogs may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering. Once neutered, cats and dogs focus their attention on their human masters and family members.

2 - Your spayed female won't go into heat:

Female felines typically go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. When trying to attract a suitable mate, they will urinate more frequently, howl and yowl, and often times pee right in the house! That's not good!

3 - It is extremely cost-effective:

Surgery cost for getting your pet spayed or neutered is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter of new babies! It also beats the cost of treatment when your un-neutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

4 - Neutering provides major health benefits for your male:

If done before six months of age, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer. It can also prevent unwanted liters!

5 - Good for the community when you spay or neuter your pet:

In many parts of the country stray animals present many real problems. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

6 - Your female pet will have a healthier life and live longer:

Uterine infections and breast cancer can be minimized when your female pet is spayed, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. The best protection from these diseases is when you spay your pet before her first heat.

7 - Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation:

Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

8 - Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat:

This is an old myth and simply not true. What is true is your pet will become obese and unhealthily if there is lack of exercise and overfeeding. It has nothing to do with spay or neutering your pet. As long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake your pet will remain fit.

9 - Your male dog won't want to roam away from home:

A male with all parts still in tact will do just about anything to find a suitable mate! This includes scratching at doors, digging holes around and under fences, and anything else it can think of to get to that mate. If he does get out he then offers the risk of injury from traffic and fights with other males.

10 - Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth:

Showing your children a new litter from you pet is not the best way to teach them about the birds and the bee's! There are already WAY too many unwanted pets in this country and adding to that population is not recommended!

Author: Dr. Charlie Meynier
June, 2013

If you have a pet that you would like to spay or neuter please contact us anytime by calling us at 970.949.4044 (Eagle-Vail, CO location) or 970.926.3496 (Edwards, CO location).

Feel free to e-mail questions to charlie@vailvalleyanimalhospital.com. Veterinarian's Charlie Meynier and Tom Suplizio practice at the Vail Valley Animal Hospital and ER, with locations in Eagle-Vail and Edwards that offer comprehensive small animal medicine and surgery.

On-call vets are available after hours, and an emergency hospital in Edwards is open 24 hours a day, with a doctor on the premises weekends and holidays. For more information, call 970-926-3496 or visit www.vailvalleyanimalhospital.com.

Sources: ASPCA Top Ten Reasons To Spay or Neuter Your Pet, 2012