When you choose to get a pet, you take on the responsibility of making sure that your pet is healthy. Taking your pet to see a veterinarian on a regular basis is the easiest way to do that. Your vet will tell you everything you need to do to keep your pet healthy. One of the first things they are going to tell you is to make sure that you get your new pet spayed or neutered. There are more reasons to do this than to just keep new puppies or kitties from being born.
1. Spaying/neutering can increase your pet's lifespan: Just like humans, pets can also be affected by things like cancers. Having your pet fixed can reduce the risk of some cancers. That's just one way that having your pet altered can increase their lifespan. Another reason is that having your pet spayed or neutered can help to decrease your pet's desire to roam around and lower their aggression level. That means they are going to want to stay home and not fight with other animals.
2. It can help keep your house clean: Male animals that have not been neutered tend to start spraying urine all over the place to mark their territory. That can include spraying in your house. Dogs and cats that have been neutered tend not to do that.
3. Gets rid of female's estrus cycle: Female dogs tend to go into estrus about every six months. Cats are different, they tend have seasonally linked estrus cycles, which occur in the fall and spring. However, the cat may come into estrus several times during that season. That is the period when they are fertile. During this time, your pet will try to get out of the house so that she can find a male to mate with. The animals tend to be really noisy at this time. Some females may also leave smears of blood around the house during this time. Having your pet spayed will get rid of this issue and make your new friend much more comfortable.
If you aren't sure about anything you need to do to protect your pet's health, a local veterinarian, like those at Vet Stop Animal Clinics, can answer any of your questions. They can also tell you what you need to do before you can get your pet altered. You may have to make sure they get certain vaccinations beforehand or have tests run to make sure they are free of certain diseases.