There are countless rumors out there among pet owners about whether it is truly beneficial to spay or neuter your pet. We have all seen the bumper stickers spreading the word to spay or neuter your pet. So, why are countless pet enthusiasts so passionate about spreading this message?

There are many answers to this question. For many owners, though, the health of our pets is of utmost importance. Spaying and neutering positively affect more than just one aspect of a dog’s health, but cancer is among the most significant.


It is understandable that pet owners worry about their pets. They are part of your family, after all. Considering the pros and cons of spaying and neutering can help put your mind at ease.

A common concern is that it will dramatically change your dog’s personality. In reality, veterinarians highly recommend the procedure and even advise that it will not make a huge difference. If anything, spaying or neutering may reduce hyperactivity. Your dog will still be the same, adorable furball you know and love.

Not only do you not need to worry about significant personality changes, but you will not be forced to face the stress of unexpected puppies. Recovery is also a significant concern but most dogs experience a relatively easy healing process, usually back to full activity in about two weeks.

Cancer Risk Factors

For some pet owners, canine cancer is a significant worry. Some breeds are more likely to develop certain types of cancer than other breeds. Larger dogs like Great Danes, for example, are more likely than Chihuahuas to be diagnosed with cancer.

Regardless of breed, spayed or neutered dogs tend to lead healthier longer lives. If they do develop cancer, it is more likely to happen much later in life. Specific risks by breed, age, and size vary, but studies have shown that neutering and spaying is an effective form of prevention.

Spayed and neutered dogs are less likely to develop cancerous tumors, especially in reproductive organs which are no longer present. If you are not a breeder, this benefit speaks for itself.

Also, the age of your dog when they undergo the procedure is an important factor. Spaying and neutering are more effective in preventing cancer when completed at a young age, specifically before puberty. An older dog may have already begun to develop certain health conditions which increase the risk of cancer.


Spayed and neutered dogs live longer and have fewer health problems. You can save on vet bills and spend more time with your canine companion. Cancer is just one of all kinds of health problems your pet could avoid.

There are also behavioral benefits. Sure, dogs are loveable enough just as they are but spayed and neutered dogs are regarded as being more manageable and easier to train. One simple surgery and your rambunctious puppy may finally stop chewing your shoes and ripping apart your couch.

What Next?

Now that you understand how spaying and neutering affect the potential cancer development in canines, make an appointment with your vet. A consultation with a veterinarian is beneficial to learn more about how it reduces the likelihood of cancer development.

Deciding to spay or neuter your dog can be stressful, but it does not have to be. Your vet is the most qualified person to help you make the decision of when or if you should schedule your dog’s surgery. One simple surgery can prolong the life and health of your beloved canine.