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Healthy animals tend to reproduce -- but the very structures that make this process possible can actually threaten the health of your pet. Reproductive organs and the hormones they manufacture can increase an animal's risk for cancer, while also encouraging potentially hazardous behaviors. When you add these considerations to the prospect of welcoming litter after litter of baby animals to your home, you can see why sterilizing your pets makes such good sense. Here at Callfield Companion Animal Clinic, any veterinarian on our skilled Wichita Falls vet team will be happy to provide spay and neuter surgery to help you control both your pet's health and your household population.
Unless you're a professional breeder, you should give every consideration to spaying or neutering the pets in your household. The first and most obvious reason is overpopulation. How many baby pets can your home and budget accommodate? Between 3 and 4 million animals end up being destroyed by shelters each year because there's simply no way to find loving homes that can take them all in. Spaying and neutering thus plays a critical role in ensuring a better quality of life for the animal community.
But why is spaying and neutering so important that we recommend it as a standard pet wellness procedure alongside vaccinations, parasite prevention and other necessities? It's because these procedures eliminate the risk of reproductive cancers. Removing an animal's sex organs removes the source of the cancers that often plague these structures; it also cuts the risk of breast cancer by reducing female hormone production. The ability to reduce your pet's cancer risk from an early age safely and reliably makes spay and neuter surgery a logical choice if you want to optimize your pet's chances for a long and healthy life.
Spaying neutering doesn't just remove the reproductive organs -- it also removes the misbehaviors often associated with reproductive cycles. For instance, males animals tend to spray urine as a means of leaving their scent, while animals of both sexes may become aggressive or leave the house in search of a mate (which can often lead them straight into harm's way instead). These hormonally-related behaviors become a non-issue once the reproductive organs are removed, leaving you with a happier, more relaxed animal.