SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET FOR LONG LIFE & HEALTH AT ROCKLIN ROAD ANIMAL HOSPITAL IN ROCKLIN, CA
At Rocklin Road Animal Hospital, we recommend spaying or neutering any non-breeding pet. There are a variety of reasons why we do this, but first and foremost, it helps pets to live a longer, healthier life.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers these reasons to consider spaying and neutering your pets:
- Reduce companion animal overpopulation—Most countries have a surplus of pets and are forced to euthanize; in the United States, the surplus is in the millions.
- Sterilization increases your pet’s chance of a longer and healthier life, by 1–3 years for cats and 3–5 years for dogs; altered animals have a very low or no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometra, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
- Spaying or neutering makes your dog or cat a better pet, reducing the urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt. Your male puppy is 60% less likely to show objectionable male behavior and your male cat 80% less likely (urine marking, aggressiveness, fighting, and so on).
- We often find and recommend correcting other congenital problems when we spay or neuter your pet. Examples are an umbilical hernia, retained baby teeth, nostrils that are too narrow (in short muzzled dogs), and deep skin folds around the vulva, tail, or face that lead to chronic infection.
Your community benefits from spaying and neutering, as unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places: soiling parks and streets, creating noise and other disturbances, showing aggression to humans, and killing livestock or other pets.