Benefits of spaying and neutering

Benefits of spaying and neuteringDr. Anna Coffin will share some staggering pet overpopulation statistics with you this week.  Besides the obvious pet overpopulation problem, there are many medical benefits of spaying and neutering your pets.

Each day 10,000 humans are born in the United States.  Each day a mind boggling 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States.  As a results of this high number, each year 4-6 million animals are euthanized. 

Many people don’t realize the magnitude of the pet overpopulation problem.  Here are some statistics to put things into perspective.  Two dogs and their offspring, if not spayed and neutered can produce 67,000 puppies in 6 years.  Two cats and their offspring, if not spayed and neutered can produce 420,000 kittens in 7 years. 

Dr. Anna Coffin strongly believes in preventative medicine.  If everyone would be responsible pet parents and spay and neuter their pets, then many animals would not be unwanted, abused, abandoned or euthanized.  Unfortunately, the leading cause of death in pets in the United States is not disease, illness or injury… it’s euthanasia in our nation’s animal shelters.

Medical benefits of spaying and neutering your pets:

  • Eliminates your female from being in “heat”.  Female dogs actively bleed for a 3 week period.  The bigger the dog the more blood!  Female cats go in and out of heat until they are bred and display annoying behavior changes. 
  • Female dogs and cats attract unwanted males coming into their territory the entire time they are in “heat”.
  • Reduces aggression against other animals
  • Intact male dogs have a tendency to urinate more frequently because they need to “mark” their territory.
  • Reduce the annoying and embarrassing urge of male dogs to “mount” children and adult’s legs.
  • Decrease chance of cancer.  Intact females can develop uterine and mammary cancer.  Intact males can develop testicular cancer.  95% of intact male dogs over the age of 6 years of age will develop some type of prostate problem. 
  • Eliminates all the problems, potential risks and additional expense involved in pregnancy and birth.  Certain breeds of animals are more prone to having trouble giving birth and C-Sections are commonly needed to safe not only the life of the mom but also her babies.
  • Decreases your pet’s desire to roam in search of a mate.

As you can see, there are many benefits of spaying and neutering.  Dr. Anna Coffin recommends spaying and neutering prior to 6 months of age.  Spaying before a females first heat cycle will reduce her chance of developing mammary and uterine cancer to 0%.  [Tweet ” Spaying before a females first heat cycle will reduce her chance of developing mammary to 0%.”]

Still not sure?  Read Myths about early spay and neuter.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

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