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Brazil has about 140 million pets – it is the third largest pet population in the world. Of these, WHO estimates that more than 10 million cats and 20 million dogs are abandoned. Consensus among veterinarians, neutering pets is the most effective way to reduce these sad numbers. In addition, the procedure brings benefits to the furry ones, who start to live longer and better.

Many people think that animals need to have a young before they are spayed, or that they are unhappy for not breeding anymore. However, none of this is true. Neutering them even before the first heat avoids a series of health and behavior problems, but this is the reason for many controversies among professionals in the field.

So, if you are still interested in the benefits of pet neutering, stay with us, as this is what we will talk about next!

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How does neutering pets work?

Both the castration of dogs and cats is a surgical procedure, quite simple and performed only by veterinarians. Both pets receive anesthesia, which guarantees that they will not experience any pain.

In the sterilization of females, the uterus and ovaries are removed. For this, a small incision is made in the belly. Castration of males is usually even simpler, just that the professional removes the testicles of the dog or cat.

Pets can stay overnight for observation, but depending on their health condition and the time the surgery was performed, the furry ones can return home the same day. Postoperative care requires attention, but nothing that goes beyond the surgical gown, the Elizabethan collar and a cleaning at the stitch site for a few days.

What are the benefits of spaying for dogs and cats?

Look at the benefits that castration confers on pets – and guardians as well.

Reduces territory marking behavior

Marking the territory with urine is a natural behavior of males in both dogs and cats. When they reach puberty, they will start to pee in different and inappropriate places, signaling to other males in the neighborhood that their field is there.

Castration reduces this instinct and, in most cases, if the castration is done in very young animals, still young, the behavior can be evidenced. However, many technicians do not recommend this, as they report that they may have other consequences.

It can make the animal more docile and homely

Cats and dogs, male and female, will take to the streets in search of socialization and partners, if they are not neutered. The meetings are quite conflicting, generating fights that result in serious injuries, many times. In the case of cats, they can go weeks without showing up at home.

Neutering will significantly decrease pets’ desire and need to leave, making them more homely. Consequently, they are not exposed to the dangers of the streets, such as being run over and mistreated.

In addition, those who already exhibited more aggressive behavior can be more relaxed, which improves the pet’s interaction with family and other animals.

Prevents unwanted pregnancy

The most obvious benefit is contraception. If you don’t want to deal with litters of up to 10 puppies and feel socially responsible for controlling the animal population in Brazilian cities, castration is the way to go.

Prevents pyometra in cats and dogs (uterine infection)

This disease is one of the biggest causes of mortality in non-castrated adult females, more common in female dogs than in cats, and when diagnosed in time, only a cure occurs with the removal of the organ, which would naturally be removed during castration.

Decreases the risk of developing cancers, tumors and ovarian cysts

Castration removes gonads from animals, which means that, in addition to germ cells (eggs and sperm), some reproductive hormones will no longer be synthesized. The development of tumors, especially breast cancer, is directly linked to the production of these hormones.

Males are also spared the risks that affect the prostate and testicles. All of these tumors have the potential to be fatal.

Prevents disease transmission

When dogs and cats take to the streets looking to socialize and breed with the animals in the vicinity, the chance of them becoming infected with various diseases is very great. A very common example is the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Transmission occurs with contact with infected cats, usually after bites and scratches, very frequent in feline social interactions. Both have serious consequences and can be fatal.

In the case of dogs, TVT (Transmissible Venereal Tumor) is very common and is acquired by copulation or crossing. It would need a series of chemotherapy applications to cure the patient, which could take months for this to occur, in addition to other diseases transmitted by contact.

Increases life expectancy

All of these benefits together result in a considerable increase in life expectancy and dogs and cats. By reducing the animals’ exposure to these risks, you contribute to the furry living longer by your side and with a better quality of life.

Did you see how pet spaying is no big deal? In addition to contributing to the reduction of the number of abandoned pets, the benefits provide the well-being of the furry ones. Remember to contact the vet to clarify further questions about the procedure, ok?

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