Spay or neuter cuts pet's cancer risk

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Did you know that spaying or neutering your pets puts them at a lower risk for cancer?

According to the Martinsville SPCA, every year that your dog or cat goes unaltered, their risk for reproductive cancer goes up 25 percent.

So if you compare an unaltered animal, to an altered one after four years, those cancer odds go up to 100 percent.

"That's one of the main reasons why we push spay and neuter because life is short enough anyway, and you don't need those cancers. If you've ever lost a pet to cancer, it's horrible," says Martinsville/Henry County SPCA Executive Director, Nicole Harris.

The SPCA also says that spay and neutrer provides behavioral benefits.

They will offer a spay and neuter clinic for canines next week.