“You can judge a man’s true character by how he treats his fellow animals.” ~ Paul McCartney

Why is it important to spay or neuter your pet?

spay neuterThe main benefit of spaying female dogs is to prevent mammary cancer; a dog spayed before her first heat has a zero change of spay neuterdeveloping this cancer. After her first heat it increases to 7%, then 25% after the second. This also applies for cats.

One major benefit of neutering male dogs involves the prostate gland. As dogs age, the prostate will gradually enlarge. This is known as benign prostate hyperplasia. The prostate under the influence of testosterone is also predisposed to infection. This is an extremely painful and can be a life-threatening condition which is not likely to resolve without neutering and often invasive surgery.

Other conditions that are prevented are testicular cancer, various types of hernias, and perianal tumors. The medical benefits resulting from spaying and neutering pets lead to longer and healthier lives. In addition, the majority of animals will be more relaxed and less prone to undesirable behavior.

Information about Spaying and Neutering

Definitions:

  • “Spaying” is the term used for female animals. It is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.
  • “Neutering” is the term used for male animals. It is the surgical removal of the testicles.

Facts:

  • Over 10,000 animals are euthanized in the US every day. The easiest way you can help with the population control of our strays is by being a responsible pet owner and spaying or neutering your pet. This procedure is outpatient and very safe for your pet.
  • Animals that have been spayed/neutered are less likely to roam, get into fights, and bite.
  • Animals that have been spayed/neutered are less likely to mark or spray urine indoor.

Myths vs. Facts about Spaying/Neutering

Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.
Fact: Spaying or neutering does not make pets fat or lazy. The truth is that pets get fat and lazy because they are fed too much and do not get enough exercise.

Myth: It is better to have one litter first.
Fact: Females spayed before their first heat cycle are typically healthier. Every time a female pet goes through a heat cycle she is at an increased risk for breast cancer and uterine infections.

Myth: When my pet has a litter I will find good homes for all of them.
Fact: You may find homes for all your pet’s puppies or kittens but there are already puppies and kittens being euthanized in shelters every week. Allowing your pet to breed only contributes to the problem.

Myth: My male pet will feel like less of a male.
Fact:Pets do not have any concept of masculinity. Neutering your male pet will not change his basic personality, in fact he will be healthier and a better companion.

Myth: My pet is purebred; they don’t end up in animal shelters.
Fact: 25% of animals that enter shelters are purebred. Regardless of whether or not they are purebred, 50% of animals that enter into shelters are euthanized due to overpopulation.

Myth: My pet is just so special and I want the puppies/kittens to be just like them.
Fact: Genetics are not an exact science and even professional breeders cannot guarantee how a litter will develop.

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