It’s estimated that more than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born each day in the United States. Of those 70,000 newborns, only around 40 percent are actually adopted and cared for. The rest of them are left to live on the streets or in animal shelters. These animals can cause harm to people and pets alike — such as the spreading dangerous diseases, random attacks, and the over-hunting of protected animal species.

Spaying and neutering your pet has health benefits other than just population control. Your pet’s behavioral issues can also be improved after they get spayed or neutered. For instance, males who aren’t neutered tend to be more aggressive, while male cats also spray their surroundings in order to claim their territory. When females aren’t spayed, they go into heat and usually change in temperament while also becoming more vocal. Choosing to have your pet spayed or neutered will help prevent them from becoming aggressive, territorial, and loud.

Getting your pet spayed or neutered can also help prevent certain health concerns that are common in cats and dogs. Pets that are spayed and neutered are less prone to diseases like testicular cancer or prostate enlargement in males and breast cancer in females. At Gateway Animal Hospital in Lake City, we’re dedicated to helping prevent harmful animal diseases from spreading, as well as making sure that all of the animals in our community remain as healthy as possible.

Whether it’s your cat or dog, or an animal that’s a bit more exotic, our expert veterinarians will be able to help you and your pets. At Gateway Animal Hospital, we know that we can do our part to prevent the overpopulation of pets. That’s why we offer spaying and neutering, as well as other veterinary services for the pets that need it the most.

Contact Gateway Animal Hospital in Lake City to schedule your pet’s spaying or neutering appointment, or get pet help with our other veterinary services.