We have an obligation as pet owners to provide the best care possible for our pets. Spaying or neutering your pet falls into this realm. Most pets can be altered at four to six months of age. Pets normally have a very easy surgery and recovery time when younger. Pets will be less likely to have other illnesses or excessive body fat when altered at a young age.
Advantages for females: no heat cycles, eliminate or at least significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer (very common in unspayed females), no pyometra (life-threatening uterine infections), no cystic ovaries, no false pregnancies and the hormone roller coaster associated with one, no emergency expensive c-sections.
Advantages for males: no benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement), lessened marking behavior (spraying or other urinary marking), decreased aggression and fighting, decreased wanderlust.
Animal shelters across the country are continually faced with having to euthanize animals due to overpopulation. You can help decrease this burden by having your pet spayed or neutered.