A Problem You Can Fix: Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

January 15th 2015

Overpopulation and euthanization of shelter animals

Spays and neuters are surgical procedures that remove the reproductive organs. They are simple solutions to the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation, unwanted litters and the prevalent euthanasia epidemic faced by shelters and animal rescues. Statistics from the U.S. alone states four to 1.5 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year, largely a result of animals left unaltered.

Medical benefits of spay/neuter for your pets

There are also medical reasons for spaying and neutering.
Spaying (either the surgical removal of both the uterus and ovaries, known as an ovariohysterectomy), or just the removal of the ovaries, (known as an ovarioectomy) helps prevent conditions such as pyometra (pus filled uterus) and mammary adenocarcinomas (breast cancer).

Treatment of a pyometra is costly and requires hospitalization, antibiotics, IV fluids and an emergency spay. Breast cancer can be a fatal condition in up to 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs. Spaying your pet before their first heat offers the best protection from these medical conditions.

Neutering males (surgical removal of the testicles) prevents testicular cancers and decreases the incidence of prostate disease and tumors that can occur around the anus (perianal tumors).

How spaying/neutering can help your pet's behaviour

Additional benefits to spaying and neutering include avoiding heat cycles, decreasing aggressive behaviours, reducing the desire for animals to roam and benefits to the community as unwanted stray animals can become a public nuisance by soiling parks and streets, creating noise, frightening people and becoming a public health hazard.

Spaying or neutering your pet helps the rescue system

Spaying and neutering means fewer animals crowding shelters and ultimately fewer animals being euthanized. Preventing pet overpopulation reduces strain on shelter systems and rescue organizations, allowing them to devote more resources to each animal which will increase their chance for a positive outcome.

Spaying and neutering saves lives.

If you have questions about when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet please read this blog.

If you would like to speak to one of our veterinarian's about having your pet spayed or neutered, please call us at 403-615-8016.

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