Benefits of Spaying and NeuteringJun 15th, 2008 | By Guest Contributor | Category: Pets
By Irwin Schwartz
Spaying is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of a female animal. Neutering is the surgical removal of the reproductive glands of a male animal.
Females and males should be spayed or neutered by 6 months of age. Currently some clinics are performing surgeries on animals as young as 8 weeks of age. Older animals can have the procedure performed as long as they are in good health. All sterilization surgery is performed under general anesthesia by a licensed veterinarian.
Female dogs and cats can be spayed when in heat or pregnant. This can usually be done up until a few days before delivery. These surgeries can take longer, and can therefore cost more. Spaying before having a first litter or heat cycle is usually a simpler procedure.
Spayed animals no longer feel the need to roam to look for a mate. The result is that they stay home and have less chance of being involved in traumatic accidents such as being hit by a car. They also have a much lower incidence of contracting contagious diseases, and get into fewer fights.
In males, neutering decreases the chances of developing prostatic disease and hernias, and eliminates the chances of developing testicular cancer. It also reduces problems with territorial and sexual aggression, spraying and other undesirable male behaviors.
In females, spaying dramatically decreases the incidence of breast cancer, and eliminates the chance of developing a serious and potentially fatal infection of the uterus. Spay surgery also eliminates the heat cycle and associated mood swings as well as the attraction of available males.
The simple fact is that spaying and neutering greatly increase the lifespan of your pet, and increase quality of life as well!
Reasons to Spay and Neuter:
· Your pets are less inclined to roam or fight
· Your pets will be generally more affectionate
· Male cats tend to stop spraying
· Spayed/neutered pets do not become fat or lazy
· Spaying and neutering can be done as early as four months of age
· Your female pet can be spayed while in heat
· There is no reason your female pet “needs to have just one litter”
· During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens.
· In 1952 a Texas tabby had 420 kittens before having her last one at age 18.
· The largest known litter with all kittens surviving is 14.
· A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just seven years.
· More than 35,000,000 kittens are born in the U.S. each year.
Irwin Schwartz is a board member of the Humane Society of Tuolumne County.
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