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Posted on 11-01-2017

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Dog

Has your dog been spayed or neutered? At Allenstown Animal Hospital, we understand that this procedure can seem like a major expense to many pet owners, but before you assume that you don't need to consider it, take some time to learn its benefits. Here are the benefits to spaying and neutering your pet that our Allenstown veterinarian wants you to know.

dog at vet with owner

Medical and Behavioral Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering have many medical benefits. For female dogs, spaying, especially before the first heat, leads to a longer life, because it reduces the risk of uterine infections and breast cancer. For male pets, neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer and prostate problems. Unless you need to breed your pet, it's actually healthier to spay or neuter.

In addition, spaying and neutering reduce the risk of behavioral problems. Male pets who are not neutered tend to wander away from home, and unneutered dogs can become aggressive. Once spayed, female pets will not have to go into heat, which can be messy.

Additional Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

In addition to the health and behavior benefits, spaying and neutering your dog is helpful to the community. Ask any veterinarian in Allenstown and you will quickly hear that unwanted pets are a huge problem in the community. When you spay and neuter, you prevent your pet from adding to this problem and improve the chances that those pets waiting in shelters will be able to find a good home. The procedure is also cost-effective in the long run. You will spend less taking your dog to an Allenstown veterinarian for the procedure than you will caring for a litter of babies.

Are You Ready Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

If your pet needs to be spayed or neutered, Allenstown Animal Hospital can help. Give our clinic a call at 603-485-7133 to talk to a veterinarian in Allenstown about the procedure, and do your part to control the local pet population while ensuring good health for your own pet.

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