Do you know what Spay and Neuter means?

The clinical term for “spay” is Ovariohysterectomy. It is a procedure by which the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed from a female dog or cat. The result of this procedure is for the animal to be unable to reproduce, it stops the breeding instinct-related behavior and eliminates the heat cycle.

The clinical term for “neuter” is Orchiectomy. It is a procedure by which the testes are removed from a male dog or cat. The procedure stops the ability for the male to reproduce and it also reduces/eliminates the breeding behaviors,

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Here are the top reasons why to spay or neuter your pet and be a responsible pet owner

  • Reduce spraying and marking – This means that if your pet had the habit to pee in order to mark his territory (in your home), there is a high probability that this behavior will be eliminated and in worst cases, it will be reduced.
  • Reduce roaming – Do you know that the most common reason for lost pets is because roaming for mating? Yes, our beloved pets are looking to reproduce and unfortunately they escape from the yard, home or even from our leash.
  • Reduce aggression – There are numerous cases that have shown reduced aggression in spayed or neutered pets. If aggression is a big problem for your pet, you should consider this as an option to resolve the situation.
  • Lower risk of cancers – One of the most common cancers in dogs are testicle cancer, mammary glands cancer and other cancers connected to the reproductive system. If you spay or neuter your pet, you can lower the risk.
  • Decrease overpopulation – Maybe the most important reason on this list. Spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens! Source: PETA
  • Increase life span – Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors in females and prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. Source: ASPCA