March is “Fix Your Pet” month and Kyla Nelson, the Office Manager with Apsley Veterinary Services and Registered Veterinary Technician, says that while there are cons, the pros outweigh them when it comes to getting your pet spayed or neutered.

The obvious benefit is that it helps control the pet population, Nelson says. She notes that there’s a lot of cats in the area, so getting yours spayed or neutered would help control that.

Other than that, Nelson says it has health benefits that some may not realize. With female cats and dogs, getting them spayed reduces their chances of getting uterine and mammary cancer. With males, getting them neutered goes a long way in reducing their chances of having issues with their prostate and the risk of getting testicular cancer.

Nelson says that your pets’ unwanted behaviour could improve as well. “It’s not necessarily a guarantee,” she warns. Nelson says that having your pet in the heat for long periods of time could affect their behaviour regardless if they have been spayed or neutered.

“It’s like any precedence: there are some risks,” Nelson says. While being under anesthetic is safe, there are always risks, she adds. “The studies have shown that the benefits of spaying or neutering your pets far outweigh the cons,” Nelson says.

The procedure is a difficult one for the pet and the owner, which is why Nelson recommends touring the facility before booking the appointment. She says to ask lots of questions about what will be done, like what kind of pain medication will be used on your pet. “Make sure it’s the best situation for your pet,” Nelson says.