Determining if and when to spay or neuter your pet is a big decision. And with so much different information floating around, it can seem both overwhelming and confusing. To help you make a better-informed decision, we’re sharing five myths commonly associated with spaying or neutering, and why the surgery is usually a good idea.
Myth No. 1: My pet should experience the joys of parenthood.
Actually, there is no scientific evidence that suggests dogs or cats benefit from parenthood. Quite the contrary, in fact. There are many health benefits associated with spaying or neutering your pet, such as significantly reducing their risk of developing certain cancers and other diseases. It also helps prevent pet overpopulation.
Myth No. 2: It will negatively affect my pet's behavior.
While it's true that your pet's behavior can change, it's usually for the better. Spaying or neutering prevents your pet from dealing with pesky hormonal fluctuations that can cause negative behaviors like urinating in your house, roaming, spraying and fighting with other cats or dogs.
Myth No. 3: My pet will get fat.
Weight gain doesn't have to be an inevitability. You can keep your pet slim and trim by simply managing his diet and exercise. Contact your veterinarian if you have any questions regarding what amounts of food and levels of exercise are appropriate for your pet's age, size and breed.
Myth No. 4: My pet is too young to be spayed or neutered.
Although some large breeds do benefit from a longer wait, most pets can be neutered at a relatively young age. Spaying and neutering early prevents unwanted litters, so ask your vet about the best time for your pet.
Myth No. 5: Spay or neuter surgery is too expensive.
Not necessarily. The cost varies depending on where you live and what type of pet you have. If money is an issue, talk to your vet or local shelter about low-cost and free programs available in your area.