Not only does spaying and neutering help reduce the risk of pet overpopulation, but the sterilization of your cat or dog will also increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life!

What is spay/neuter? The word “spay” refers to the sterilization (or altering) of female pets. The term “neuter,” while more commonly used to refer to the castration of male pets, can be used to describe the sterilization (or altering) of either female or male pets.

According to, “Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.”

In females, spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates the risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer, especially if done before the first heat cycle.  In males, the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease.

If you are concerned that your pet might become overweight after spaying or neutering, keep in mind that just like people, pets become overweight when they eat too much and/or exercise too little. An appropriate diet and sufficient activity is all it takes to keep your pet slender and healthy after spaying or neutering.

When in doubt ask your Veterinarian.  Always consult your veterinarian about the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet based upon its breed, age and physical condition and discuss the health benefits and how spaying and neutering can benefit your pets.

Additional Resources:

American Veterinary Medical Association
Best Friends