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Why Spay and Neuter are Important for Cats and Dogs

Spaying and neutering cats and dogs serves many benefits; one of the biggest ones being that this prevents the reproduction of undesired litters. Other benefits include the elimination of health problems and behavioral problems as a result of spaying and neutering.

For example, spaying for both female dogs and cats prevents health issues such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering male dogs and cats prevents the condition of an enlarged prostate gland and testicular cancer. Neither of these procedures have any influence on a pet’s well being. As a result of the procedures, some animals may exhibit more suitable behavior without their reproductive organs.

There are different options for this procedure. It's advised to discuss with your veterinarian the most suitable procedure for your pet as well as the appropriate time to perform it as well.

A typical spay procedure involves removing all of the female’s reproductive organs, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. With the extraction of these organs, females will no longer be able to reproduce, have a heat cycle or engage in breeding behaviors. A typical neuter procedure involves removing the male’s testicles. With the extraction of these, males will no longer be able to reproduce and this will eliminate all breeding behaviors.

Other surgical options for females include removing the uterus and part of the fallopian tubes but leaving the ovaries. With this procedure, the dog or cat will still produce hormones and it will still be possible for them to exhibit breeding behaviors. Another option for females is removing the ovaries and keeping the uterus. This will make her unable to reproduce and will stop further heat cycles and breeding behaviors.

Other surgical options for males include removing only the vas deferens, the producer of sperm. As a result, the cat or dog will not be able to reproduce but may still exhibit breeding behaviors.

We are Canaan Dog Alliance, the first U.S. based non-profit animal rescue organization solely focused on rescuing stray dogs from Jordan’s animal welfare crisis. Our mission is to provide as many stray cats and dogs in the Middle East with the second chance at life that they deserve.

We work to unite people of all ages and backgrounds who share in the belief of a world where animals are free from cruel and inhumane treatment. Canaan Dog Alliance is run by members who passionately believe in advocating for the voiceless and offer a united, amplified voice for all who join our community.

We not only rescue and rehabilitate animals from suffering, but also work with our sister organization in the region to support their efforts in educating the public on the pressing issues regarding animal welfare in the Middle East.

Visit our website and our Facebook and Instagram pages to learn more about our efforts and how you can help support our mission.

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