The obvious benefit of neutering a pet is that it prevents the animal from breeding, but neutering can also help your pet live a longer healthier life. Here's how:
Surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus eliminates the chance of a female developing cancer of the ovaries and infections of the uterus. When this surgery is preformed before the animal is one year old, it also reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Neutering male dogs and cats-which entails removal of the testicles- at six months of age makes the animal less likely to roam in order to find mates or fight with other males.
In addition, neutering a male eliminates the possibility of cancer of the testicles and greatly reduces the incidence of prostate disease.
If you need low cost veterinary care or spay/neuter, please contact one of the following: Companion Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) 401-615-2200 Pets in Need 401-270-3832 SNYPP Humane Association: 401-568-3223
Spay/Neuter Only: Rhode Island Spay/Neuter Clinic: 401-369-7297 Salmon River Mobile Vet 401-793-0092
Emergency off hours veterinary care: Warwick Animal Hospital: 401-785-2222
Injured or Orphaned Wildlife: Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of RI: 401-294-6363
For spay/neuter assistance call the veterinarians listed on the 24/7 VSA helpline 401-273-0358 or email VSA at email@example.com