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5 Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets

5 Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets








Spay and Neuter Your Pets!

Good for You, Your Pet, and the Community


As responsible pet owners, we always strive to provide our pets with the best, whether it's the finest food, the most engaging toys, the coziest beds, or even stylish clothing. However, when it comes to making the best choices for our pets' health, many people may not readily consider spaying or neutering.

The hesitation often arises from concerns about the high costs associated with these procedures. In reality, the expense of providing proper care for your spayed or neutered pets is frequently outweighed by the benefits of spaying and neutering. 

Let’s understand more about spaying and neutering, and what it does to your pets

Spaying means the removal of the ovaries and uterus of your female pet – which requires minimal hospitalization and offers great health benefits.

Neutering means the removal of the testicles of your male dogs/ cats – which will improve their behaviors and keep them close to home. 

Although the process might be costly, it could be the best decision that you have made for your pets’ long-term welfare. Still not convinced? Here are five benefits to spaying and neutering your pets.

  1. A Healthier, Longer Life for Your Pets


Spaying and neutering your pets offer numerous health benefits. Both male and female dogs can develop reproductive tract issues, including cancers and infections. Spaying and neutering significantly reduce these risks.


For female dogs, spaying before their first heat cycle greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer, uterine, and ovarian cancers, and uterine infections. These conditions can be fatal and are common among unaltered females.


Male dogs also benefit, neutering lowers the risk of testicular cancer and may prevent prostate problems. Neutering decreases the possibility of perianal tumors and hernias in older, unaltered dogs.


These procedures are not only cost-effective but also promote a longer, healthier life for your pets. Consider spaying or neutering them before sexual maturity to safeguard their well-being and reduce the risk of various health issues.



  1. Avoiding Unwanted Pet Pregnancies




Spaying prevents your pet from giving birth to unwanted puppies or kittens. 


Research shows that the majority of cat pregnancies are unintended. Pregnancy places a significant physical burden on the mother, and the costs of prenatal care, birthing complications, and caring for puppies or kittens can be substantial. 


Therefore, spaying not only prevents unwanted pregnancies but also alleviates financial stress.



  1. Curb ‘unwelcome’ behaviors



Spaying and neutering your pets can work wonders for their behavior. 


Early neutering of male companions can prevent issues like aggression, excessive barking, and roaming. As for females, spaying eliminates the inconvenience of stray males in your yard and reduces their desire to roam and breed. Additionally, female felines won't go into heat, sparing you from the yowling and urine-marking associated with attracting males during the breeding season. 


Neutered cats and dogs often become more focused on their human families instead of running around the house or marking territories with urine.



  1. Saving Money While Promoting Health


Having your pet spayed or neutered as recommended by a veterinarian can save you money in the long run. 


Not only does it reduce the chances of more expensive and dangerous surgeries as your pet ages, but it is also cost-effective from the start. The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is significantly lower than the expenses associated with having and caring for a litter of puppies or kittens. So, not only does spaying or neutering benefit your pet's health, but it also provides a financial advantage. If finances are a concern, it's a wise choice that can help you save money down the road.



  1. Spaying and Neutering Are Good for Your Community





When you spay or neuter your pet, you prevent them from having more offspring that may end up without care. You might be surprised to learn that millions of animals enter shelters worldwide each year, and many of them are euthanized.


These unwanted animals are often not born as strays on the streets but are instead the offspring of beloved family pets that haven't been spayed or neutered. This results in more cats and dogs in shelters than there are people willing to adopt them. Sometimes, this leads to euthanization, or they are left to suffer as homeless strays. Even if you manage to find new homes for your pet's offspring, it can make it harder for the pets already in shelters to find a loving home.


This situation also puts a significant burden on animal shelters and rescue organizations. When there are more animals to care for than they can handle, shelters and rescue groups may become overwhelmed and struggle to provide adequate care. Spaying or neutering helps reduce the number of animals that need care, ultimately improving the well-being of animals in these facilities.


So, by choosing to spay or neuter your pet, you can make a difference and help reduce the problem of pet overpopulation. You can do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens, reducing the likelihood of them becoming homeless, neglected, or euthanized.

Debunking misconceptions about spaying and neutering


Some pet owners believe that sterilization will negatively impact their pet's health, or that their pet needs to have a litter before being spayed or neutered. This may lead them to delay sterilization. 


It is important for pet owners to understand the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets and not to believe the myths that may discourage them from doing so.  Here are several common myths about spaying or neutering pets:


  • It will make my pet fat and lazy: Spaying or neutering does not inherently make your pet fat or lazy. Like any animal, your pet's weight is determined by its diet and exercise, not by whether or not it has been spayed or neutered.


  • It will change my pet's personality: Dog or cat sterilization doesn’t significantly change a pet's personality. It may reduce certain unwanted behaviors such as aggression or marking, but it will not change your pet's personality.


  • My pet needs to have a litter before being spayed: There is no medical or behavioral benefit to allowing your pet to have a litter before being spayed. In fact, it can increase the risk of certain health problems and contribute to pet overpopulation.


  • My male dog needs to breed before neutering: Neutering a male dog does not affect his ability to be a good companion or guard dog. Neutering also does not change his personality or instincts.

 

  • Indoor pets don’t need to be spayed or neutered: There’s no guarantee that your pet won’t get pregnant or impregnate another animal because they’re indoor pets. Your pet could get out, especially if they’re searching for a mate.



When is the best age to spay or neuter a dog?


The best age to neuter a small (male) dog is when they are around 6 months old. For small female puppies, spaying is recommended when they are 5 to 6 months old, or before their first heat.


For large-breed dogs, it’s recommended you wait until they’ve stopped growing. Large-breed male dogs can wait until they are 9 to 15 months old to get neutered. Large female dogs can be spayed when they’re 5 to 15 months old.


Small-breed dogs are those that will weigh less than 45 lbs as an adult. Large-breed dogs are those that will weigh more than 45 lbs as an adult.



Dog breed size/sex

Best age to spay/neuter

Small-breed male dog

6 months old

Small-breed female dog

5-6 months old

Large-breed male dog

9-15 months old

Large-breed female dog

5-15 months old


Cost of sterilization

The cost of spaying or neutering a pet in Singapore can vary depending on several factors, such as the type, size, and weight of the animal, and the clinic where the procedure is performed. Generally speaking, it can range from S$300 to S$450 for male dogs, S$350 to S$500 for female dogs, S$180 onwards for male cats, and S$240 onwards for female cats.


The cost can vary greatly depending on the clinic or hospital you choose. Some clinics may offer lower prices, while hospitals may charge more. While pet owners may choose to shop around and compare prices before making a decision, ultimately they should feel confident in the veterinarian they have selected to conduct the surgery. Additionally, some organizations such as the SPCA Singapore offer vouchers or low-cost spay and neuter services for pet owners who can't afford the regular cost, so it's also worth checking with them if you are financially constrained. It's always best to consult with a veterinarian to get a quote for your specific pet's needs.


Spaying or neutering your pet

In summary, spaying and neutering your pets offers numerous health benefits, such as reducing the risk of reproductive tract issues and certain cancers. It also prevents unwanted pregnancies, alleviates behavioral problems, and saves money in the long run. Additionally, spaying and neutering contribute to reducing pet overpopulation, ultimately improving the well-being of animals in shelters. Debunking common myths, it's essential to understand that these procedures don't make pets fat, lazy, or alter their personalities. The best age for spaying or neutering depends on your dog's breed and size, with small breeds typically done around 6 months old and large breeds waiting until they've stopped growing.

 

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