For females, spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer, while drastically reducing the risk of mammary cancer. It also prevents a severe, life threatening uterine infection called pyometra.
Also, spayed and neutered dogs live longer than their unspayed and unneutered counterparts!
It is often less expensive to have an altered pet. For example, in most cities, dog licensing cost less, boarding facilities often charge less, and it's easier to find housing in the Boston area!
Spaying and neutering is also the responsible thing to do.
Over eight million dogs and cats are euthanized annually in U.S. shelters. Even if you have every intention of finding good homes for your puppies or kittens you can never be sure that they won’t wind up in a shelter at some point in their lives. There are more than enough pets available for adoption at shelters and rescues.
For males, neutering eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and drastically reduces the risk of certain prostate diseases.
Behavioral benefits of spaying or neutering include reduction or elimination of issues, such as:
- Straying from home in search of mates
- Inter-dog, or Inter-cat aggression
The inter-dog aggression issue is especially important in an area such as JP, which has such a dense dog population and numerous green spaces where dogs tend to run off-leash!
Need help with the cost of spaying or neutering your pet?
Information on low-cost spay-neuter options can be found on the MSPCA's website