Vet Care for Dogs, Cats and Many Other Animals

Why You Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Having Your Pet Neutered

by Calvin Newman

Pet owners can become highly attached to their beloved animals and it is not that hard to see why. Most animals give back a lot of love and affection if you treat them right, and offer nothing in return but some attention every now and then. When it comes to the issue of whether or not to spay and neuter your pet, many people find the idea quite shocking, but that is before they know all the facts. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't feel guilty about getting your pet spayed or neutered, and why it is a good thing for them.

Easier Temperament

Just like humans, pets can have a whirlwind of emotions too when they reach sexual maturity. However, in pets, this behavior is often displayed in very negative ways. From being super aggressive to having an increased prey drive and then jumping on small children, there is no reason for a family pet to not be spayed and neutered. They just become too much of a wild animal for them to be in a house with children, and even most adults will find them more than a little bit of a handful at this time.

Confusing For Them

If your pet has sexual organs then they are going to become quite frustrated and confused if they are not allowed to use them as they feel like they should. For example, if you tell your dog to stop always trying to dry hump every pillow or exposed leg that it can get in its paws then it is going to feel scolded for something that it feels compelled to do. This can be very confusing for your pets and is not something that you want to cause a rift between you and them. If they aren't going to have children, why allow them to have their sexual organs when it only causes trouble?

Reduce Risk

Perhaps the most important reason why you should spay and neuter your pets is that if you do not they have a much more increased risk of developing tumors and other negative diseases and conditions on their sexual organs. Cancer is never something to discount, especially when it is quite a lot higher in pets that still keep their sexual organs intact even if they do not use them. There simply is no reason for a single pet with no future reproducing to keep the organs. It is not good for the pet, it is not good for their owner and it certainly is not good for your ability to control them and keep them happy.

To learn more about how to spay and neuter your pets, contact a veterinarian in your area.