One of the most important decisions to make for your dog or cat is whether you spay or neuter them. It can be the best decision for their long-term welfare.

Spaying

Spaying is removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. It is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits.

Neutering

Neutering is the removing of your male dog or cat’s testicles. This procedure will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.

USA Today cites “that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According to the report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs”.

The reduced lifespan seen in unaltered pets is typically caused by the pets' natural urge to roam outdoors and fight with other animals, and unfortunately, they also can be hit by cars. 

Avoid Overpopulation

“Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats”, reports The Humane Society.

Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers of unplanned litters that could be prevented by spaying or neutering.

Prevent Disease

Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and uterine infections, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. The best protection from these diseases is spaying your pet before her first heat. Neutering your male provides major health benefits, especially preventing testicular cancer. 

Behavior

Neutered dogs and cats focus their attention on their human families. Unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Early neutering can help your animal avoid many aggression problems. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam, and fighting with other males. Spaying / neutering will reduce or eliminate excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance-related behaviors.

Call today at 770.438.2694 to get more information or to schedule an appointment for your animal to get spayed or neutered.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.