Spaying and Neutering

A spay operation.

Why Spay or Neuter your Pet?

You won’t be part of the overpopulation problem: For every human born, there are 15 dogs and 45 cats born. There are not enough homes for all these animals. The difference results in at least 7 million healthy adoptable animals being euthanized (killed) each year. Isn’t the better solution to reduce the number of unwanted animals born?

“I am not part of the problem because my animal is a purebred and I can find homes for the babies, besides look at all the want ads, people are making tons of money selling purebred puppies and kittens. It’s just the mixed breeds that no one wants that are the problem and are the ones being put down”

As many as 1 in 3 animals that are put down are purebred so it’s not only the mixes. Yes, you may find homes for all the babies, but that is not normal. Many of the pets for sale never get sold and end up given away or in shelters, so there goes your profit and may even cost you. Even if you can give away all the babies, don’t think you haven’t added to the overpopulation problem. In reality all you have done is sentenced other equally cute and lovable animals to die by taking away a potential home from the millions of animals waiting.

You will have a healthier pet. Spayed and neutered pets avoid many health problems,

  1. After euthanasia, cancer is the number one killer of cats and dogs. Many of the cancers are directly related to an animal having its reproductive organs intact. In females breast cancer is the most common tumor in dogs and the third most common in cats. The chance of a female dog reaching 10 years of age without developing a reproduction specific cancer is less than 11% in many breeds. Spaying before the first heat cycle reduces the chance of developing these potentially fatal cancers to almost zero. In males testicular cancer is the 2nd most frequently diagnosed cancer. These cancers are caused by surges of reproductive hormones, which are eliminated by spaying or neutering.
  2. Spaying or neutering prevents or greatly reduces the risk of common, expensive to treat, and potential life threatening diseases, infections, and problems including: Pyometra, overian infections and cancers, uterine infections and cancers, acute metritis, pseudopregnancies, prostatic disease, perianal tumors.
  3. Since your pet is not out roaming in search of a mate it is less likely to be injured in a fight or hit by a vehicle. 90% of cats and 80% of the dogs hit and killed by vehicles each year are unsterilized.
  4. The simple fact is that altered pets live longer healthier lives.

Avoid lawsuits, liability, and legal problems. Over 80% of all bites are from non-neutered male dogs. An animal that has not been spayed or neutered is 380% more likely to bite. 100% of fatal dog attacks (where a person was killed, usually a child) were made by animals not spayed or neutered. You as the owner of an animal are criminally liable for the actions of your pet. This means that it’s not Fido paying the fines or going to jail if he bites. A dog bite can easily cost $100,000 or more in civil penalties, medical restitution, and pain and suffering. The most aggressive dog bites against humans happen from animals that “are so friendly and good 99% of the time”.

Have an easier to train and better behaved pet. From less aggression to a cleaner house and yard, from fewer suitors to chase away to a more affectionate pet, behavioral benefits to spaying or neutering are numerous to you and your pet.

  1. Easier to Train. Altered pets are less preoccupied by mating instincts and so can pay more attention to you. Because your animal no longer is subject to the overwhelming desire to mate, it can be more reliable as a watch dog, or more focused as a hunting dog. Unaltered animals are distracted by mating instincts.
  2. Calmer and less aggressive. When in heat a female dog or cat becomes much more temperamental and often aggressive. She will attract males that have unknown personalities and only see you or your family as preventing them from mating, which very often leads to bites or worse. Unaltered animals are often highly aggressive towards other animals of the same sex. When a male dog or cat senses an intrusion into what he considers to be his territory, he will often fight to defend it, sometimes even to the death if there is a female in heat nearby. Spayed or neutered animals are not driven by mating instincts and often avoid many of these aggression issues especially if altered before reaching adulthood.
  3. More relaxed pet. The desire in animals to mate is not psychological; an animal does not need to mate. It is driven only by hormonal impulse and when not allowed to mate can lead to frustration. By altering your pet you prevent them from being subjected to this chemically induced frustration. They will be more even tempered and content.
  4. More affectionate. Spaying or neutering an animal before it reaches maturity stops the production of hormones that cause them to become territorial or preoccupied with mating. By stopping the hormone production, your animal will stay more playful and affectionate like when they were a puppy or kitten. By altering your animal you have halted the development of many undesirable traits.
  5. Fewer annoying habits to deal with. Altered pets are less likely to cry or howl incessantly, nip, growl, hiss or bite at visitors, mount furniture or people’s legs, climb on visitors or knock down small children.
  6. Cleaner home and yard. Unaltered pets especially males will spray a strong smelling urine that will permeate the air in and around your home to mark their territory. They will try and mark every upright surface they can, including walls, doorsteps windows, plants, bookcases, and even you. Females may bleed for three weeks or longer when in heat staining carpets, furniture and clothing. Additionally females will attract males that will spray urine around your home.
  7. A pet that stays at home. When an animal is spayed or neutered it no longer needs to patrol its territory or leave in search of a mate. Altered animals are much less likely to escape and run away. Driven by mating instincts, unaltered pets have jumped fences, broken gates or doors, dug holes, and other stunts that would make Houdini envious in their attempts to escape. Often times your pet is injured in these attempts to escape. Even more often your pet will be injured while fighting with other unaltered pets over a potential mate or territory disputes.

Spaying or neutering your pet is a simple and safe procedure. By many veterinarians it is considered a preventative surgery because of the many behavioral and health benefits it provides. Most animals will only experience 1-2 days of discomfort and many are able to go home the same day the procedure is preformed.

If you have any further question about why you should spay or neuter your pet, the health benefits of doing so, or if you have questions about the procedure, please contact your veterinarian. If you don’t currently have a veterinarian, you may speak to animal control for a list of veterinarians in your area.

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