A spayed or neutered animal is free from the frustration of the reproductive cycle (heat or estrus). No more yowling or visits to your yard by uninvited animals, and no more watching your pet like a hawk to prevent mating. Neutered animals are more content. Dogs are less aggressive; male cats stop spraying your property to mark territory.
If you are not a breeder dealing with purebred puppies or kittens to sell to fanciers for shows, choosing to spay or neuter your dog or cat is the best solution - for you, your pet's happiness, and for the nationwide problem of pet overpopulation. More than 3 million dogs and cats are put down every year. Preventing unwanted pregnancies is the most loving thing you as a dog or cat person can do.
Thanks for being a responsible pet owner by choosing to spay or neuter your dog or cat. As animal-care professionals, it grieves us to see shelters have to euthanize surplus dogs and cats who can't find a home and family to love them. Plus, spaying or neutering makes your pet happier in your household.
Neutering is easy; spaying a little more involved. In either case, your companion animal is safely under an anesthetic. Stays for this surgery vary from a few hours to a few days.
Early spaying and neutering is best: as young as eight weeks! Spaying before the first heat is healthiest for your dog or cat.