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Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Is your furry friend fixed yet? If not, we strongly recommend you get this done as soon as possible. Getting your four-legged buddy spayed or neutered will be beneficial for both of you! In this article, a Pickerington, OH vet lists some great reasons to have your furbaby spayed or neutered.

Healthier Pet

Spaying or neutering can reduce your pet’s risk of developing several types of cancer, including breast cancer, testicular cancer, and ovarian cancer. In fact, pets that have been fixed tend to live longer than those who haven’t, about 3-5 years longer on average for cats, and 1-3 years for dogs. Ask your vet for more information on the health benefits of spaying and neutering.

Better Behavior

Fixing your pet can make a huge difference in your furry pal’s behavior. For one thing, pets that have been fixed tend to be less aggressive. Needless to say, this is a huge plus! Sterilized pets are also typically calmer than intact ones. Another benefit of spaying or neutering your pet is that it can stop your furry buddy from spraying. That alone is a huge benefit: spraying is extremely frustrating for pet owners to deal with. And if you have a kitty, you won’t be subjected to your amorous furball’s love songs. Fluffy’s romantic vocalizations may sound appealing to other cats, but to human ears . . . not so much.

Combat Pet Overpopulation

One of the most important reasons to get your pet fixed is that it helps control animal overpopulation. Puppies and kittens are, of course, absolutely adorable, but there are already far too many homeless pets in the world. In fact, every year 3 to 5 million pets go into shelters. Sadly, many of these sweet animals end up being euthanized. By fixing your furbaby, you’re ensuring that your furry pal won’t contribute to the numbers of homeless animals.

Less Chance Of Running Away

Sterilizing pets eliminates many behaviors that are linked to the instinctive urge to mate. This includes running away. Pets that are intact often try to escape so they can go looking for love, but animals that have been fixed are often perfectly content to stay home with their owners.

Does your pet need spay or neuter surgery? Call us! As your Pickerington, OH animal clinic, we’re here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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