Spay and Neuter for Health and Safety

You’ve heard by now how spaying or neutering your pets is one of the most important steps available to help control pet overpopulation; but did you know that it’s also one of the most important steps you can take to keep your pet healthy and safe?

Heat cycles in female dogs and cats can be messy and nerve-wracking.  Cats yowl and may urinate more frequently, sometimes around the house, trying to advertise for a mate, plus pets in heat may also attract unwanted males from great distances.

Spaying female dogs and cats at an early age, preferably before their first heat, can help them avoid serious health problems like uterine infections, pyometra and breast cancer.  Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization and emergency surgery. Breast cancer can be fatal in 50% of dogs and 90% of cats.

It’s just as important to neuter your male dogs and cats, for many of the same reasons. Neutering a male animal will help curb aggression and wander-lust, helping to keep your pet safe from injury and out of fights, as well as lessening his chances of prostate issues and eliminates his risk of testicular cancer.  Early neutering will also save your home from constant territory marking and will help curb those (ahem) mounting tendencies. Your furniture, and your guests, will thank you.

The Saving Animals In Need Together (SAINT) organization so strongly believes in spaying and neutering that they are willing to pick up part of your cost. Call them at 928-704-0800 and ask about their “Low Cost Spay and Neuter Voucher Program” or visit their website at www.BHCSaint.org.