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Top Three Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet


  • It reduces dog and cat overpopulation. There is an unprecedented surplus of companion animals and shelters are forced to euthanize. The surplus is in the millions in the United States. Cats are 45 times as prolific, and dogs 15 times as prolific, as humans. They need our help to reduce their numbers so there will be good homes for them all.

  • Spaying or neutering your cat or dog will increase their chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his or her life an average of 1 to 3 years, and for your feline friend, the additional increase is 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland cancer, prostate cancer, the infection known as pyometria, as well as uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.

  • Altering your cats & dogs makes them better pets by reducing their urge to roam and decreases the risk of contracting diseases or being hit by a car. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Leukemia and FIV is spread by bites, making intact cats a great deal more susceptible than altered cats.


Benefits of Spaying and Neutering


Benefits of Spaying (Females)

  • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted

  • Less desire to roam

  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle

  • Reduces number of homeless cats/kittens/dogs/puppies

  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives


Benefits of Neutering (Males)

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking

  • Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents

  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease

  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies

  • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites

  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives


Additional Benefits

  • The community will also benefit. Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance, soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubbery, frightening children and elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association
  • The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.
    The American Veterinary Medical Association


Common Myths about Spaying and Neutering


MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.

MYTH: It's better to have one litter first.
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth?which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion?the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats?mixed breed and purebred.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer an emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.

FACT: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owner's chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.

MYTH: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost?a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the prevention of more unwanted pets.

MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.

 

Early-age spay/neuter
Some people delay spay/neuter for their pet because they've heard the animal must be six months or older. Although many older veterinarians were taught that, a number of studies show that cats and dogs as young as eight weeks have no problems later in life due to early- age spay/neuter. Plus, young kittens bounce back faster from the procedures than older kittens or cats. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) endorses early-age spay and neuter.

 
 
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