By Trent M. Eddy, D.V.M. Director of Surgery, Great Plains SPCA
Spring showers bring May flowers… as well as puppies and kittens! This season we need to remember the importance of spaying and neutering our pets. Spaying and neutering is the sterilization of our companion animals. Spaying involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus, while neutering is the removal of the testes. There are many benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered such as improved health, better behaviors, and fighting pet overpopulation.
Health benefits for fixed female pets include the prevention of pyometra, which is a life threatening infection of the uterus, and greatly reducing the risk of mammary cancer. For our fixed male pets, we can eliminate the possibility of testicular cancer as well as significantly decrease the chance for prostatic disease.
You can also expect better behaviors from your altered pet. Intact animals often roam to find a mating partner; this can have devastating consequences as these pets can be involved in hit by car accidents. Altered pets have no desire to find a mating partner and instead focus their affection towards the family. Intact animals are also more likely to mark their territory with urine, often leading to smelly clean up duties for their owners.
Last but not least, by having your pets spayed and neutered you will play a role in fighting pet overpopulation. Millions of cats and dogs are euthanized each and every year due to unplanned litters. These litters can easily be prevented by having your pet fixed.
Great Plains SPCA spayed and neutered over 8,000 pets last year and hopes to reach over 10,000 this year. Please give us a call and schedule your pet’s spay or neuter surgery and help us reach our goal.