BEN­E­FITS OF SPAY­ING AND NEU­TER­ING

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Spay­ing (fe­male) and neu­ter­ing (male) are sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tions that in­volve the re­moval of an an­i­mal companion’s re­pro­duc­tive or­gans. Dr. Brian Voyn­ick, owner and di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can An­i­mal Hospital in New Jersey, said the right age for cats to get spayed or neutered is at six months, be­fore they reach their sex­ual ma­tu­rity. But aside from pop­u­la­tion con­trol, why is it im­por­tant to spay or neuter our pets?

Through their web­site, Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional pre­sented the many ben­e­fits of spay­ing or neu­ter­ing companion an­i­mals. Here are some of them.

RE­DUCES HEALTH RISK

If an­i­mals are spayed or neutered be­fore reach­ing sex­ual ma­tu­rity, their chance of hav­ing fa­tal health con­di­tions and trans­mis­si­ble dis­eases like py­ome­tra, TVT, and re­pro­duc­tive can­cers is de­creased.

ELIM­I­NATES UN­WANTED BE­HAV­IOR

Fe­males will no longer ex­pe­ri­ence a heat cy­cle; hence, elim­i­nat­ing at­trac­tion and approach of male cats or dogs. The urge to mark territorie­s (spray­ing urine) in males will be greatly re­duced.

LEADS TO LONGER LIVES

A spayed or neutered an­i­mal tends to live longer be­cause they are at less risk of con­tract­ing in­fec­tions and other con­di­tions.

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