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Spaying and Neutering

Spaying or neutering your furry friend might seem cruel at first, but it is a necessary procedure. Spaying and neutering has health benefits and can help your loved ones live a long and happy life.

Here is what the ASPCA says about the importance of spaying or neutering for your pet’s long-term health:

  • Spaying helps prevent malignant or cancerous breast tumors in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying also prevents uterine infections that are life threatening and require expensive surgery to attempt to save your pets life.  Your pet gets the best protection if you have it done before your pet’s first heat.
  • Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

Additional Benefits

There are other possible benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered, such as lowered aggression levels in males. Females won’t go into heat, which means less yowling and urination.

The procedure is also much cheaper than suddenly having to care for a bunch of extra mouths one day!

Animals are also much more inclined to roam around while searching for a mate, which increases the chances of getting lost or injured.

Helping Prevent Overpopulation

Another reason is in the United States, we have a huge overpopulation of pets. With July being peak kitten season, this issue is more prevalent than ever right now.

Roughly 6.5 million animals are taken into animal shelters every year. Approximately 3.3 million are dogs, and 3.2 million are cats.

About 1.5 million of those end up euthanized. By spaying or neutering, you are taking responsibility and not contributing to the problem.

You should know that those statistics are improving quite significantly. In 2011, just ten years ago, there were approximately 2.6 million animals euthanized annually.

Here in Iowa, we’re doing very well in comparison to other states, but we want to keep the statistics improving.

In addition to spaying and neutering, if you are looking for a new pet, shop for one at your local shelter. You could be saving their life. There is also a great website to help you find a new pet called petfinder.com. They have many search options to help find the pet you are looking for and they are linked to many animal rescues all over the United States.


There are several incorrect ideas about spaying or neutering.

One of them is that it will make your pet fat. Pets do not gain weight because they have been spayed or neutered. With correct diet and exercise, spaying or neutering has no impact on your pet’s weight.

Spaying or neutering also isn’t a magic cure-all for behavioral problems. It can help some behavioral issues, but there may be more that you need to address. If you are having behavior issues with your pet, consult your veterinarian.


We want your animals to be healthy and happy, and we also want to do whatever we can to stop unnecessary animal deaths.

We offer spaying and neutering, and are happy to discuss any questions that you might have about them.

Please contact us, and we will work together to find the best solution for any problem.


Dr. Tammy Stevenson
Advanced Pet Care Clinic