The Cost of Unaltered Pets – Florida Animal Friend

The Cost of Unaltered Pets

One of the best things an owner can do for their pet’s health is to get it spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering your pet provides many benefits like increased longevity and reduced pet homelessness. But did you know it is more cost effective to spay or neuter your animal than to leave your pets unaltered?

Animals that are not spayed or neutered have the potential to develop serious medical problems as a direct result of being unaltered. Neutering a male animal completely eliminates the possibility of it getting testicular cancer and reduces the chance of prostate problems. A USA Today article reported that neutered male dogs live 18% longer than unneutered male dogs. This is due to unaltered males having a greater urge to run and explore, putting them at risk of being hit by a car or getting into violent encounters with other aggressive animals. Plus, according to the Humane Society, veterinarians believe that female animals that are spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. And owners save tens of thousands of dollars otherwise spent on life-saving surgery, medication, and physical therapy.

In addition to unpredictable medical issues, owners save on pet license renewal as fees for spayed or neutered pets are less expensive than unaltered pets. So, that one-time spay or neuter payment will save owners money in the long run.

Pet homelessness is a prevalent issue in our society today. Taxpayers spend an inordinate amount of money providing shelter for animals left abandoned or born on the street. Millions of dollars are spent each year to euthanize shelter animals who aren’t adopted. The best way to curb the pet homelessness problem is by spaying and neutering your pets. Cutting down the pet population reduces the cost of keeping shelters open and housing animals. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can reduce the amount of taxes the public needs to maintain these necessary and important animal sanctuaries.

Based on these findings, it is abundantly clear that it costs more to avoid spaying and neutering your pet. The best thing for your pet’s health, and your wallet’s, is to get your pet spayed or neutered. Donate to Florida Animal Friend today and help us “fix” Florida’s pet population.

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