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The Pros and cons to spaying and neutering your pet!

Pros

  • Infections, cancer, and other diseases of the uterus and ovaries are prevented. Many of these diseases can be life threatening.
  • Behavior problems are generally reduced, including roaming,  aggression, and anxiety or fear-related problems.
  • Estrus (heat) behavior, attraction of the opposition sex, and soiling of surroundings with bloody vaginal secretions are reduced or eliminated.
  • Spaying reduces the risk of breast cancer developing later in life. This advantage is only valid if the animal is spayed before 2 ½ years of age, and is most effective if done before her first heat cycle.
  • Spaying reduces hormonal changes which can interfere with the treatment of certain diseases such as diabetes or epilepsy.
  • A spayed pet does not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem
  • Sexual behavior by males, including mounting and riding directed toward people and/or objects, is usually reduced or eliminated.
  • Attraction toward female dogs in heat is usually reduced or eliminated.
  • Medical problems associated with the testicles in males are prevented from occurring. These problems include testicular infections, cancer, and torsion (painful rotation of the testicle which causes collapse of vessels, leading to severe swelling and bruising).
  • Prostatic disease, common in older male pets, is less likely to occur in castrated animals.
  • A castrated pets does not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.

Cons

  • There is no ability to reproduce and create offspring
  • There can be some complication with surgery