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Why Spay / Neuter?

Spay or Neuter your pet! Too much of a good thing
is not a good thing... Shelters are overflowing.

Each year, approximately 4 million pets are put to sleep.
Let's "fix" the pet overpopulation problem!

This low-cost surgery keeps your animal healthier and helps fight pet overpopulation

Good Medicine

 

Did you know that a spayed or neutered animal

will live a longer, healthier life?

 

Spaying a female (removing the ovaries

and uterus) or neutering a male (removing

the testicles) are veterinary procedures

performed under general anesthesia. Both

surgeries usually require minimal hospitalization.

The ASPCA strongly recommends

spaying or neutering your pet as early as

possible. Besides preventing unwanted litters,

neutering a male cat or dog before six

months of age prevents testicular cancer

and prostate disease. Spaying a female cat

or dog helps prevent pyometra (a pusfilled

uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment

of pyometra requires hospitalization,

intravenous fluids, antibiotics and spaying.

Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50

percent of female dogs and 90 percent of

female cats. For an older, seriously ill animal,

anesthesia and surgery are complicated

and costly. Spaying your pet before her

first heat offers the best protection from

these diseases.

 

Peace of Mind

 

Did you know that a spayed or neutered animal

is better behaved?

 

Males:

 

Neutered cats and dogs focus their

attention on their human families. On the

other hand, unsterilized, unsupervised males

roam in search of a mate, risking injury in

traffic and in fights with other males. They

mark their territory by spraying strongsmelling

urine on surfaces. Indoors, male

dogs may embarrass you by mounting furniture

and human legs when stimulated.

Don’t confuse aggressiveness with protectiveness—

a neutered dog protects his

home and family just as well as an

unneutered dog, and many aggression problems

can be avoided by early neutering.

 

Females:

 

While their cycles vary greatly,

most female cats exhibit the following

signs when in heat. For four or five days

every three weeks during breeding season,

they yowl and urinate more frequently—

sometimes all over the house—advertising

for mates. Female dogs generally have a

bloody discharge for about a week, and can

conceive for another week or so. Often,

they attract unneutered males—some from

great distances—who spray urine around

the females’ homes.

 

Responsible Care

 

Join in the fight against pet overpopulation.

 

Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and

breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as

strays. Many of these are the result of

unwanted, unplanned litters that could

have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Rarely surviving for more than a few

years on their own, strays die painfully by

starvation, disease, freezing or being hit

by cars.

 

Just the Facts, Please

 

Debunking dangerous myths about spaying and

neutering

 

Myth:

 

My female cat or dog should have

a litter before she is spayed.

 

Fact:

 

The sooner you spay your female, the

better her health will be in the future. As long

as a kitten or puppy weighs more than two

pounds and is two months old, he or she can

be neutered or spayed. Many veterinarians

practice safe early sterilization. The longer a

female goes unspayed, the greater the likelihood

of developing mammary tumors or uterine

infections. In fact, a female spayed before

her first heat (six to nine months of age) has

one-seventh the risk of developing mammary

cancer as does an intact female.

 

Myth:

 

Spaying or neutering will alter my

pet’s personality.

 

Fact:

 

Regardless of the age when spayed

or neutered, your pet will remain a caring,

loving and protective companion.

Any slight changes will be positive.

Neutering will reduce the need to breed,

which has a calming effect on many animals.

Both neutered male canines and

felines tend to stop roaming and fighting,

and they also lose the desire to mark

their territory with urine.

 

Myth:

 

Companion animals will become fat

and lazy if they are neutered.

 

Fact:

 

Absolutely not! Lack of exercise and

overfeeding make pets fat and lazy—not

neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if

you provide exercise and monitor food

intake. Also, sterilized pets tend to live an

average of two to three years longer than

unsterilized pets.

 

Myth:

 

Sterilization is a dangerous and

painful surgery for my pet.

 

Fact:

 

Spaying and neutering are the most

common surgeries performed on animals.

With a minimal amount of home care,

your pet will resume normal behavior in a

couple of days.

 

Myth:

 

Letting my pet have a litter will

allow my children to witness the miracle

of birth.

 

Fact:

 

Countless books and videos are

available to teach your children about

birth in a responsible manner. Letting

your pet produce offspring that you have

no intention of keeping is teaching your

children irresponsibility. Anyone who has

seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for

lack of a home knows the truth behind

this dangerous myth.

 

Many states and counties have established low-cost

spay/neuter programs that make this surgery easily

affordable. 

 

 

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