Every year millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that you can make a difference. When you have your dog or cat sterilized—you are doing your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering:
• Prevents unwanted litters
• Helps protect against some serious health problems
• May reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct
Removing a female dog’s or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct which makes them more content to stay at home and less inclined to roam.
Spaying female dogs and cats early can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet early can lessen their risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.
Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes which makes them even better companions. Talk to your veterinarian about the best time to spay or neuter your pet.