Should I Spay/Neuter My Pet?

Becoming a pet parent is a big responsibility and there are lots of different things that you will have to think about and undertake on behalf of your precious pet. One of the acts that you should make a significant priority in the weeks after taking ownership of your pet is arranging to get her spayed/neutered.

What is spaying/neutering?

If you aren’t familiar with the terms, spaying and neutering refer to the removal of reproductive organs in animals so that they can no longer produce offspring. Spaying tends to be the term used to describe the process in females, while neutering is often referred to for males or as a term interchangeable between the sexes. You may also hear it referred to as castration in males.

Spaying and neutering are both very straightforward procedures and countless surgeries of this type are performed across the country each year. In males this involves removal of the testicles and associated structures. A more invasive procedure may be needed if the testicles have not yet dropped. In females, spaying is performed via an incision in the abdomen and her ovaries and uterus will be removed.

Why Should I Spay/Meuter My Pet?

There are a range of different reasons why you should make spaying/neutering your pet an early priority after welcoming her into your home. These include the following:

Taking Responsible Steps To Fight Overpopulation:

Most owners are already well aware of the huge numbers of animals currently homeless, fostered or living in shelters across the country, having been abandoned. There a several reasons for this including:

  • High demand for puppies/kittens

  • Breeders exploiting financial gain from the sale of baby animals

  • Families and individuals taking on pets without understanding the time, energy and financial costs incurred

  • Too many pets left unsprayed/unneutered leading to excess numbers of animals

Unfortunately, this massive overpopulation of unwanted animals means that countless pets are put down each year purely because there are no resources to accommodate and care for them.

​​​​​​​By choosing to neuter your pet, you can make a moral and ethical choice not to contribute towards overpopulation further. Even if you have a male, allowing him to roam while unneutered could enable him to get an unsprayed female pregnant. If you have a female, you could prevent the complexities and expense of dealing with your pet through pregnancy, birth and initially raising the babies until they are old enough to leave their mother.

Health Benefits of Spaying/Neutering

While preventing unwanted pregnancy and overpopulation tends to be the biggest driver of people getting their pets spayed/neutered, there are also significant health benefits to the process.

For males, neutering will prevent them from developing testicular cancer and can help them avoid certain prostate-based problems. However, for females, spaying could help her to live a longer, healthier life. This is because spaying helps to prevent uterine infections, and more importantly, breast cancer. Breast cancer is often fatal in pets if not caught and treated early. Spaying your female before she experienced her first heat will offer the very best protection from these diseases.

Behavioral Benefits of Spaying/Neutering

Finally, there are a number of behavioral benefits that make spaying/neutering your pet a sensible option. These including the following:

  • Spaying will prevent your female from going in to heat. This can be a messy and noisy business for everyone sharing your home!

  • Neutering makes males less likely to roam away from home since they lose some of the primal urge to find a mate. This could help prevent him from becoming lost or potentially injured if he isn’t cautious when he runs away.

  • Your pet is less likely to spray urine, mount other animals or be aggressive towards people and pets.

How Early Can I Spay/Neuter My Pet

Spaying/neutering as early as possible is recommended. This will ensure your furbaby will reap the maximum health benefits from the procedure as well as preventing unwanted pregnancy immediately. Puppies and kittens can be neutered as young as 8 weeks old provided they are in good health. Your vet will be able to advise you if the procedure is suitable for your furbaby.

If you would like more information on the benefits of spaying/neutering your pet, or if you would like to make an appointment to assess your pet for the procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our veterinary team by calling 228-872-4424. Bayview Pet Medical and Dental Center in Ocean Springs. MS is awaiting your call!