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Toronto veterinarians once spayed and neutered dogs and cats solely to reduce the number of unwanted pets. While modern spay and neuter procedures continue to ease the burden on animal shelters, they can also provide a number of benefits to pets and people.
Veterinarians neuter a male animal by removing its testicles. They spay female pets by removing the animal’s uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. A pet cannot reproduce after sterilization from being spayed or neutered.
What are implications and benefits of spaying and neutering your pet?
Having your female pet spayed curtails many unwanted behaviors in your dog or cat, and in other animals. After spaying, your female will not have a heat cycle, and will therefore not attract males to your home. Your female dog or cat will have less desire to roam. Spaying your four-legged friend can also reduce her risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian or uterine cancer, especially if you have her “fixed” before her first heat cycle. Sterilizing your pet prevents breast tumors, which are cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet also reduces unwanted pregnancies and litters.
Neutering your male pet also provides behavioral and health benefits. Your male dog or cat will be less likely to wander away from home, for example. Animals that roam the neighborhood in search of a mate are at greater risk of getting into fights, being hit by a car, or exposure to infectious diseases from other animals. Female dogs and cats can also roam. Neutering your pet reduces these risks, as a sterilized animal prefers to stay at home.
A spayed male pet will be less likely to mark his territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over your home. Sterilization can reduce your pet’s aggression. Having your dog neutered will also reduce mounting behavior on other dogs or on people. Neutering prevents testicular cancer and some types of prostate problems.
Having your pet spayed or neutered will help you save money. Caring for a pet pregnancy and litter can be quite costly, as you will have to pay for extra food, supplies, and visits to the vet. Getting your pet spayed or neutered can save you money in medical costs associated with testicular cancer, prostate problems, mammary gland tumors and other illnesses associated with being intact. Having your animal companion spayed or neutered can also save you money when it comes time to renewing your pet license.
Spaying or neutering your pet will not change your four-legged friend’s natural personality. Your dog will remain protective of your family, for example, while your cat will continue to be as affectionate or aloof after the procedure as before. Animals do not have a sexual identity or ego, so spaying or neutering will not affect your pet’s emotional state.
To help your pet gain all the benefits of spaying or neutering, take your four-legged companion to Jane Animal Hospital before it is six months old. Our Toronto veterinarians will evaluate your pet’s health, perform the surgery, and provide you with the information and tools you need. Our offices are conveniently located at 313 Jane St. in Toronto. Schedule your pet’s appointment today by calling 416-762-5558.