Spaying and Neutering
One of the most common questions we get is “Why should I spay or neuter my pet?”
The only reason not to spay or neuter is if you are serious about wanting to breed your pet.
However, before you go down this road you will need to be clear about why you want to be a breeder.
Experienced breeders usually incur a financial loss. Breeding animals is expensive, labour intensive, and can sometimes lead to other health problems for your pet later in life.
Animals that are not spayed run a much higher risk of getting a severe uterine infection called pyometra. As well, they are at greater risk for developing mammary cancer when they get older.
Spaying your pet before their first heat reduces this risk to almost zero. Therefore, it makes the best sense to spay your puppy or kitten before they go into heat or around 6 months of age.
Neutering male pets is also very important. Neutering reduces aggressive behaviour, territorial ‘marking’, and eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and reduces the chance of prostatic disease.
You should consider neutering a male dog or cat sometime between the ages of 6 – 12 months.
In the case of dogs, the best time to do this is determined by the breed size and rate of development. We can help you decide the right time to make this decision.
A spayed or neutered pet is a happy pet.
They are easier to socialize, easier to train, and are less likely to wander off or to get into fights. These animals are, as a rule, better adjusted and healthier pets.
In addition spaying and neutering your pet will help control the companion animal population, preventing the unnecessary suffering of unwanted pets. There are over one thousand animals admitted to shelters each year across Canada. This overpopulation of our companion animals leads to the euthanasia of approximately 46% of cats and 15 % of dogs each year. Spaying or neutering your pet really is the healthiest and most humane option.
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