February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Spaying or neutering your pet is beneficial in a few ways. For one, you’ll be helping reduce the population of dogs and cats. Too many pets are euthanized every year because they are unwanted. Less pets being born means less pets in shelters. Apart from that, there are actual health and behavioral benefits to spaying or neutering your pet. Read on to learn reasons every pet parent should spay or neuter their pet.

Reasons To Spay Or Neuter Your Pet

Health Benefits

Spaying or neutering your pet can protect them against certain diseases, which can in turn extend their life. For female dogs and cats, spaying can reduce the risk of breast cancer and prevent uterine infection. For male dogs and cats, neutering can reduce the risk of developing enlarged prostate glands (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia) and eliminates their risk of getting testicular cancer.

Behavioral Benefits

Spaying and neutering can also help curb some behaviors that pet owners find annoying. This is due to the decrease in certain sex hormones that occurs after spaying/neutering. Spaying your female dog or cat eliminates their heat cycle and reduces their mating behaviors. Neutering your male dog or cat reduces their breeding instincts and marking behavior.

When Should I Spay Or Neuter My Pet?

Now that we know why we should spay and neuter our pets, let’s find out when is the best time to do this.

For Dogs

It’s recommended to spay or neuter small dogs between 6-12 months of age, and 9-12 months for larger breeds. The reason for the varying range between breed size is due to studies that have shown that large dog breeds who were spayed or neutered before 6 months experienced a higher risk of orthopedic problems and certain cancers.

For Cats

It is recommended to spay or neuter your cat at around 6 months of age. This is around the time that cats become sexually mature. However, some cats can mature earlier than 6 month.

Written by Vincent M.

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