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Why it’s Critical to Spay or Neuter Your Pets

by MetLife Pet Insurance
6 years ago

New pet owners often wonder if spaying or neutering their pet is necessary. Especially if your cat or dog is an indoor pet, it may seem unnecessary. However, there are several reasons why you should consider spaying or neutering your pets as a critical part of responsible pet ownership.

Three kittens cuddling together on a soft white blanket

Approximately 3.4 million animals are euthanized in the US each year. The largest contributing factor to this needless euthanasia is animal overpopulation.

Many owners don’t decide to fix their pet until they’ve had an unwanted litter of kittens or puppies. This usually results in 2-6 offspring per litter. Putting aside the inconvenience of finding homes for each of them, this equates to hundreds of thousands of unplanned and likely unwanted animals each year. Many of them will end up in already overcrowded shelters and may eventually be euthanized. This is a severely unhappy life for any animal to live.

Sterilizing your pet also has health and behavioral benefits. Spaying and neutering your pet has been shown to reduce the chances of long-term illnesses and increase the overall life expectation of pets. Males typically show reduced aggression and marking. Additionally, unaltered female dogs will experience a regular menses cycle that will result in much mess, cost, and frustration for her humans.

A common reason people are unable to provide this important service to their pets is due to the cost of the surgery. Search your area for spay or neuter clinics that may offer this service for a flat, affordable fee. Some shelters and rescues may even provide vouchers to cover a portion of the cost. It’s also beneficial to consider covering your pet with pet insurance. Many PetFirst pet insurance plans will reimburse a percentage of the cost to spay and neuter your pet. Contact us now to get a free quote.

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