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Medical Reasons to Spay Your Pet

Spaying your female dog or cat carries huge health benefits, far beyond lessening the pet population.
Female dogs who go through several heat cycles:
- Have a 1 in 3 chance of breast tumors. Half of these are benign, but still need to be removed before they rupture. The other half are malignant, and spread to other organs
- Have a 1 in 3 chance of having a a pyometra, or severe uterine infection. The uterus fills with infection and pus, and can eventually rupture like a water balloon. Emergency surgery is required to prevent this illness from becoming fatal.
- Have a 1 in 10 chance of ovarian cancer or cysts

Overall, a senior (greater than 7) unspayed female dog has a 85% of needing an emergency surgery directly related to not being spayed

By spaying before the first heat cycle, the chance of breast cancer goes from 1 in 3 to 1 in 20,000.

Female cats have similar health benefits, as well as not attracting every stinky tomcat in a 5 mile radius while your cats spends 1 week screaming all night.

Allowing your dog or cat a single heat cycle increases the risk of breast cancer from 1 in 20,000 to 1 in 900, over a 20 times risk. It is no longer recommended to wait even a single heat cycle before spaying. Generally spaying before the first heat adds between 12 and 18 months to a female dogs life.

Why wouldn’t you spay your pet?