Your pet relies on you for a variety of needs, from food to love and comfort. To ensure your furry family member’s total well-being, it’s necessary to have them spayed or neutered. This simple surgical procedure is safe and effective — and has notable health benefits. Find out why you shouldn’t delay talking to your veterinarian about this procedure.

1. Prevent Potentially Fatal Illnesses
Early spaying has been shown to decrease the risk of uterine infections and breast cancer in female cats and dogs. For males, neutering safeguards against testicular cancer and an enlarged prostate gland. Some of these ailments can be deadly if not promptly treated.

2. Avoid Behavioral Issues
A female cat or dog who hasn’t been fixed will go into heat, which can cause them to urinate more frequently — sometimes inside — and bark or yowl in search of a mate. A fixed cat or dog is less likely to fight and won’t roam, which can increase their risk of getting lost or hit by a car.

3. Support a Healthy Pet Community
Some 1.5 million cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States every year. It’s a sad fact but a powerful testament to the value of spay and neuter operations, which are an easy and cost-effective way to fight pet overpopulation. This also keeps unwanted strays off the streets, where they live difficult lives and pose a threat to the community, as they can prey on wildlife, scare kids, and carry diseases.

Call (513) 683-2883 to schedule a spay or neuter appointment for your puppy or kitten.