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The Importance of Spay and Neutering

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Posted on 04-03-2018

5 Reasons It's Important to Spay or Neuter Your Pets from our Etobicoke Veterinarian

A dog and cat who have been spayed and neutered

Spaying or neutering your pet can be a tough decision. However, the benefits far outweigh the consequences of keeping your pets intact. From limiting pet homelessness to raising healthy pets, here are five reasons that spaying or neutering your pets is the most responsible action you can take as an animal lover.

  1. Limit Population Growth - Pet homelessness is a major issue. Millions of pets are euthanized each year because they cannot find homes. The easiest way to prevent so many animals from dying each year is to spay and neuter your pets. 
  2. More Cost Effective Than Raising a Litter - If your female pet gets pregnant then you're going to have a few additional mouths to feed, which can quickly overwhelm your wallet. Compared to the cost of raising a litter of cats or dogs, the cost of spaying or neutering your pets is relatively cheap.
  3. Better Behaved Animals - Intact male cats and dogs are known to mark their territory by spraying or urinating, which could spell disaster for your home. Aggression problems can be circumvented by spaying and neutering as well. If you allow your male dog to roam free, neutering him can keep him closer to home, as an intact dog will do anything to find a mate.
  4. Healthier, Longer- Living Pets - Pets who are spayed or neutered tend to have better health and a longer life than their intact counterparts. Spaying prevents uterine infections and cancers, and neutering can prevent testicular cancer in males. Spaying and neutering also keeps pets closer to home, making them less likely to meet an untimely demise from a vehicle or other danger.
  5. Female Pets Won't Go Into Heat - For owners of female pets, spaying stops them from going into heat. Cats in heat are known to yowl and urinate, while an unspayed female dog may require special diapers to prevent messes.

Meet With Our Local Veterinarian for Our Spay and Neuter Services

Richview Animal Hospital in Etobicoke is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about spaying or neutering your pets. Give them a call today at 416-245-8805 or visit us at our location to see what other pet services are available.

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