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The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet: Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
11 months ago

From the moment you bring your new cat or dog home, you will be charged with making many decisions for your pet during his or her lifetime. One of the most important health decisions you will make is the decision to spay or neuter your pet.

What are Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying is a veterinary procedure that involves removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. This procedure eliminates a female’s ability to reproduce and puts an end to her heat cycles. Neutering involves removing the testicles of your male dog or cat so that he can no longer reproduce.

Both procedures are done in a veterinarian’s office and require a minimal hospital stay.  Spaying or neutering is one of the most responsible ways pet owners can ensure the health of their animal companions.

February is National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. What better time to highlight the many benefits of spaying or neutering your pet. Here are a few things to consider:

Help Control Pet Homelessness

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that between 6 and 8 million healthy, adoptable homeless animals enter shelters in the U.S. each year.  Less than half that number are adopted. 

Sadly, millions of healthy companion animals are euthanized every year due to a shortage of loving homes, lack of shelter space, and resources.  By spaying or neutering your pet, you will be helping to cut down on the number of animals in need of loving homes.

Live a Longer and Healthier Life

  • In females, spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors.  According to the ASPCA, such diseases and tumors are cancerous in approximately 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
  • In male pets, neutering prevents testicular cancer and prostate issues. 

A Neutered Pet is Less Likely to Roam

An intact (unneutered) male dog or cat will do whatever he can to go looking for a mate.  This often includes finding a way to leave home and roam around to search for a mate.

Roaming increases the risk that your pet will get into fights with other animals, get struck by a car, or have an accident on their own.  Neutering your male helps to ensure he will stay safely at home with you.

Your Spayed Female Feline Won’t Go Into Heat

Female cats generally go into heat every three weeks during the breeding season.  During the four or five days they are in heat, they will let males know that they are seeking a partner.  She usually does this by yowling and frequent urination, which you might not appreciate all over the house.

Neutered Dogs and Cats Can Tend to Be Better Behaved

It is a myth that having your pet spayed or neutered will change the animal’s personality. However, it tends to make a pet less aggressive and more focused on its human family.

Unneutered dogs and cats are far more likely to mark their territory. This behavior is known as “spraying,” or leaving their strong-scented urine all over the house to indicate it is their place. Unneutered dogs are more likely to engage in excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance-related behaviors.

Spay/Neuter is Cost-Effective

The cost of your pet’s spay or neuter procedure is a lot less than the cost of caring for and vaccinating a litter of puppies or kittens throughout their lives. Dogs and cats are part of the family, so be your pet’s healthcare advocate.  

Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets, even those who have been spayed or neutered. 

Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured, you don’t have to worry about the financial aspect of your pet’s care. Make sure your pet is covered with PetFirst Pet Insurance.  We offer coverage for both dogs and cats and offer Routine Care Coverage to fit every budget.

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