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According to the ASPCA, about 1.5 million dogs and cats are euthanized because they cannot find homes. Getting your pet spayed or neutered helps stop pet overpopulation. Spaying or neutering your pet also provides physical and behavioral changes that are beneficial. If you have a new kitten, puppy, or recently adopted pet, our team at Sunset Lakes Animal Clinic is here to provide the spay or neuter surgery they need.

Health Benefits

Dogs and cats have a powerful urge to find mates. This often results in males escaping the house and getting into fights with other pets, leading to serious injuries or other health issues. Neutering eliminates this tendency to roam and fight. In addition, female dogs have an over 90% chance of never developing breast cancer if spayed before their first heat. This is because a spay and neuter operation prevents reproductive organ cancers from occurring.

Behavioral Benefits

Male cats are notorious for spraying urine all-around their homes. This is how they mark their territory. Neutering greatly reduces this behavior and even prevents it when kittens are neutered before they are five months old when spraying usually begins. Dogs and cats of both sexes often become more relaxed after being neutered. Dogs tend to be easier to train because they are not anxiously looking out for potential mates.

Legal Benefits

Some landlords that allow cats and dogs insist that the pets be neutered or spayed. Some local laws require all pets to be neutered. In Florida, if you adopt a pet from a pound, animal shelter, or pet animal rescue, you are required to promise sterilization at the adoption.

Contact Us for Veterinary Care in Miramar, FL

If you have any more questions about the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet, please contact our professional staff at Sunset Lakes Animal Clinic today. We are committed to providing animals the health care they need to live long and healthy lives. Dr. Schooley also offers boarding, grooming, and other general surgery services at our Miramar clinic. Call our office at (954) 538-9938 to schedule your pet’s next appointment.