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
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
Peace of Mind
Did you know that a spayed or neutered animal
is better behaved?
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.
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.
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
Just the Facts, Please
Debunking dangerous myths about spaying and
My female cat or dog should have
a litter before she is spayed.
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.
Spaying or neutering will alter my
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.
Companion animals will become fat
and lazy if they are neutered.
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
Sterilization is a dangerous and
painful surgery for my pet.
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.
Letting my pet have a litter will
allow my children to witness the miracle
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
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