Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying is a surgical procedure where both the ovaries and the uterus (reproductive organs) are completely removed from a female animal. It can also be referred to as an “ovariohysterectomy”. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

Neutering is a surgical procedure where both the testicles (reproductive organs) are removed from a male animal. Proper pain management , ie anesthesia, injectable pain medications, are used during the procedure to make the animal as comfortable as possible.

Advantages to spaying/neutering your pet(s) are numerous.

  • Neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs. (per USA Today – May 2013)
  • Spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs. (per USA Today – May 2013)
  • Unaltered pets can have the urge to roam which increases their exposure to fights with other animals, getting hit by cars, and other mishaps.
  • Reduces the risk of certain types of cancers. Unspayed female cats/dogs have a greater chance of developing pyometra (a uterine infection), uterine cancer, and other reproductive system cancers.
  • If females are spayed before their first heat, evidence indicates they are typically healthier.
  • Neutered males have a lower chance of developing testicular and prostate cancer.
  • Unneutered/spayed dogs are more prone to urine-marking (lifting their leg) than neutered dogs.
  • With cats, neutering solves 70 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam, and fighting with other cats.
  • Excessive barking, mounting and other dominance related issues can be improved with spaying/neutering your pet.
  • Spaying/neutering will contribute to the prevention of dog/cat overpopulation.


  • If you factor in long-term costs incurred by a non-altered pet, the savings afforded by spaying/neutering are clear. Caring for a pet who has developed pyometra or reproductive system cancer can easily run into the hundreds of dollars – 5 to 10 times as much as a routine spay surgery.