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    Spaying and neutering is not only recommended for population control (thousands of unwanted pets are euthanized each year at animal shelters) and behavioral problems, but also to prevent specific diseases. The risk of mammary cancer in dogs and cats increases with each heat cycle. After every heat cycle there is also the risk of pyometra, an infection of the uterus, which is a surgical emergency. Intact male dogs are predisposed to testicular, scrotal, and prostate cancers, as well as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), and prostate infections.