What is Neutering?
Neutering is the most common method for the sterilization of animals. It means removing of an animal’s reproductive organ. However it is used when referring to both genders. Castration or the removal of testicles to male animals, while Spaying or the removal of ovaries and uterus for female animals.
The Benefits of Neutering
- Reduce Roaming
An intact male will do anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways to escape from the house. This does not guarantee that he’s free from injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
- Reduce Spraying and Marking
Unneutered dogs and cats mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. A dog after he has been neutered might less likely mount other dogs, people or objects.
- Reduce Aggression
Spaying or neutering cats and dogs at an early age can help avoid problems with aggression.
- Lower Risk of Different Types of Cancers
Spaying in female animals eliminates the possibility of ovarian and uterine infection or cancer. Pyometra is one of the common bacterial infections in most unspayed dogs and cats. As pyometra advances, bacterial poisons enter the bloodstream, causing general illness and often kidney failure. It is best to spay cats and dogs while they are young and healthy as operations may fail to save when an animal is severely weakened.
Neutering saves male cats and dogs from testicular tumors. Although only a small percentage of testicular tumors are malignant, nonmalignant testicular tumors sometimes secrete the hormone estrogen at a toxic level that destroys the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells which result to a fatal outcome.
- Increase Lifespan Up To 3-5 Years
Neutering cats and dogs reduce their risk from acquiring diseases.
- Decrease Population Leading to Better Quality of life
Sterilizing a cat or dog reduces their urge to roam and decrease the risk of contracting diseases. Spaying and neutering are the only permanent and effective method of birth control for cats and dogs compared to capture, impounding and eventual destruction of unwanted animals which costs taxpayers and agencies over a billion dollars each year.