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Why should you spay or neuter?

Millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized each year, including puppies and kittens. The good news? You can make a difference! By having your pet spayed or neutered, you'll help minimize the animal homelessness crisis. Additionally, there are even medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets). If you want to learn more about resources available to you, visit Still not convinced? Check out these benefits below:

  • Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life
    Spaying prevents uterine infections and decreases the incidence of breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  • Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

  • Your spayed female pet won't go into heat
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!

  • Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other animals.

  • Your neutered male may be better behaved
    Un-neutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.

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