One of the most important things you will have to face as a pet parent is to consider why your pets should be spayed or neutered.
Many pet parents get confused about spay vs neuter. To clarify, spaying is the surgical process of removing the uterus and ovaries of your female pet. While neutering, on the other hand, is the surgical process of removing the testicles of your male pet.
It is said that spayed or neutered pets enjoy lifelong benefits because of the procedures mentioned. In this article, we will tackle what these benefits are and how it will improve your pet’s quality of life for many years ahead.
THE BENEFITS OF SPAYING AND NEUTERING
Provides a longer and healthier life
Spayed and neutered pets will have lesser risks of developing breast cancer, testicular cancer, and uterine infections, as these are very common illnesses that can be life-threatening if not properly dealt with. It causes death in about 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs. Cat and dog neutering and spaying will greatly help you prevent these from happening to your pet.
Cuts down your vet bills
Having to take care of a pet dealing with a reproductive system health problem can cost you a lot! As a matter of fact, diseases like pyometra (infection of the uterus) can even cause up to ten times the normal expenses of spaying. Not mentioning the medicines and additional veterinary costs.
Curbs bad behavior
Spaying and neutering can help curb your fur-baby’s bad behavior. A spayed dog will lessen the chances of urine-marking and a spayed cat will lessen spraying issues.
The following are the other behavioral issues spaying and neutering can help keep under control:
- the excessive urge to roam, especially when females nearby are "in heat"
- excessive digging of holes to escape containment area
- aggression; research says that most dog bite incidents involve unneutered dogs
- excessive barking, excessive chewing, and other dominance-related bad behaviors
Note: Spaying and neutering only help to curb bad behaviors. It does not completely eliminate them.
Prevents unplanned breedings
Spayed and neutered pets will no longer be able to reproduce, as they no longer have intact reproductive systems. Your female pet will no longer go into heat and your male will no longer spend his time marking territories all over your house & fighting with other males.
Spaying and neutering will prevent unplanned breedings, unwanted pregnancies, will keep your pets from marking all over the house, and will keep them from escaping from your home just to look for possible mates!
Also, accidental breedings from different breeds can destroy a breed's standards and qualities. So if ever your pet gets to mate another pet of the same kind but is of another breed, certain health risks may be present in their litter.
Reduces pet homelessness
As mentioned, spayed and neutered pets will no longer be able to reproduce. This will help reduce the number of stray animals and pets getting placed in shelters & rescue centers. These animals are from unplanned & accidental breedings, while some were once cherished family pets.
If these shelters and rescue centers get too crowded, euthanasia becomes the last resort. These rising numbers could have been prevented with spaying and neutering.
Helps the community
Stray animals that were once family pets or were left on the streets due to unplanned breedings can cause a threat to the community you are a part of. Pets who have no owners and just live on the streets can cause car accidents, damage your neighborhood’s local garden or fauna, and frighten people as some of these strays may be aggressive. Spaying and neutering help reduce the number of strays on the streets.
HOW CAN PET PARENTS® HELP?
After spaying or neutering, your fur-baby will need your help for faster recovery. Here are some of the things you can do:
Provide diapers and pee pads. Your fur-baby will feel weak, disoriented, and will lose their ability to control their bowels and bladder for a while after surgery, as a result of anesthesia and certain medications. To prevent your pet from soiling themselves with their own mess, have them wear dog diapers and add on pee pads as protective bedding to help to keep your fur-baby comfortable and your home clean. Change diapers and pee pads every four hours when necessary.
Also, aside from using an e-collar that stops your fur-baby from eating and drinking properly, you can use dog diapers or belly bands as post-operation cover-ups to keep him from licking or scratching the wound.
Provide a proper diet. Providing your dog a good, healthy diet can speed up recovery. But see to it that the diet you provide is advised by your veterinarian. A healthy diet will provide your dog the needed nutrition.
You can provide Pet Parents® 5-in1 Multivitamins that can help boost your furry buddy's immune system. These multivitamins can be given when your dog is not eating well after a surgery and is on recovery.
Spayed and neutered pets are able to live better lives as needless tragedies are avoided and prevented. If you are considering spaying or neuter your pet, contact your veterinarian to know more about the process and encourage your fellow pet parents to do the same.