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Posted on 11-20-2012
Benefits of Neutering
A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.
Information for owners:
Q - Isn't it wrong to deprive an animal of the natural right to reproduce?
A - No, it’s wrong to allow these animals to reproduce millions of unwanted offspring that are eventually killed because there aren’t enough responsible homes.
Q - If I find homes for my pet's litters, then I won't contribute to the problem, right?
A - No. Only a finite number of people want pets. So every home you find for your pet’s offspring takes away a home from a loving animal already at a shelter.
Q - Shouldn't every female pet have at least one litter before being spayed?
A - No. In fact, your pet will be healthier if she never goes into heat.
Studies show that as many as 60% of the castrated males show a decline in unprovoked aggression toward other dogs. In addition, one study showed a decrease of 90% in the tendency of neutered dogs to roam. Animal behavior experts sum up the effects of neutering on pet personality by noting that the procedure causes no basic personality changes except in the cases of roaming and aggression. Activities such as playfulness, activity level, watchful barking and affection-seeking are not changed at all by the neutering.
If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are all neutered.
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