Everybody loves their pets, so most people want to avoid hurting them at all costs. You might think that getting your pet fixed seems like a cruel and unusual thing to do to an animal, but pet spaying and neutering actually increases an animal's quality of life. There are lots of good reasons to spay and neuter your pets, and every responsible pet owner should be informed of these benefits.
Simply put, you should not be scared to spay and neuter your pets. Some owners compare fixing your pets to declawing your cat, but the procedures are wildly different. Spaying and neutering is an important part of being a pet owner, but some people don't know why. Fixed animals tend to live longer, healthier lives and are much better suited to a domesticated lifestyle. If you're still not convinced that your animal would be better off fixed, these reasons will prove that it's the right thing to do.
Studies have shown that spaying and neutering can play a huge role in the longevity and quality of your pet's life. In the US states that have the highest rates of spaying and neutering, both males and females have longer lifespans than their intact counterparts. Fixed male dogs live on average 18% longer lives, while females come in with an even more impressive 23% life expectancy increase.
By fixing your animal, you eliminate a lot of the behaviors and other conditions that could shorten your pet's life.
Fixing your animals can lower their risk of developing a host of different cancers. In females, spaying can decrease the chance that they will develop mammary cancer. Spaying also makes it impossible for your pet to suffer cancers targeting the reproduction system, including some types of uterine cancers. This is especially true of dogs, so make sure to spay your pups in order to keep them healthy.
Males also experience some long-term health benefits from be neutered, including a virtually eliminated likelihood of developing testicular cancer. It makes sense that removing the testicles would make testicular cancer a thing of the past, but it also has a positive effect on prostate cancer rates. When it comes to cancer, it seems like neutering might be one of the best preventative measures for any pet.
The sad truth about animal breeding is that there simply aren't enough homes to take in every unwanted puppy or kitten. Irresponsible owners who experience unwanted pet pregnancies will often abandon the young animals, either at a shelter or in the street. Homeless animals tend to reproduce much more often than ones living as a part of a family, which further exacerbates the homeless problem. Many of these animals are collected and sadly euthanized as a result of shelter overcrowding.
This is one of the most important reasons that everyone should spay and neuter their pets: to prevent the unnecessary deaths of countless abandoned animals.