Why you should spay or neuter your pet

Spaying or Neutering Is Good For Your Pet
  • Spaying and neutering helps cats and dogs to live longer and healthier lives.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult and/or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine/ovarian cancer. There is an increase risk of ovarian cancer with each heat cycle. Spaying a female when she is young greatly decreases the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Spaying greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly if your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
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  • Spaying and neutering makes pets more affectionate and better companions.
  • Neutering makes them less likely to spray and mark territory. The urine from an unaltered male smells far worse than the urine from a neutered male.
  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to twelve days. The heat cycle in cats occur until the cat becomes pregnant or is spayed. Each cycle lasts 10-1 4 days. The heat cycles occur 1-3 times a year in dogs and lasts an average of 12-21 days. Females in heat can cry incessantly, showing a nervous behavior and attracts unwanted male animals.
  • Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
  • Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
  • Neutering makes a cat less likely to roam the neighborhood, runaway or get into fights. Fights can injure your cat but also can expose your cat to life threatening diseases (FIV, Feline Leukemia, or rabies).

Spaying or Neutering is Good for the Community

  • Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
  • Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
  • The cost of a spay/neuter is much less than raising a kitten!
  • Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers.
  • Stray cats will defecate in landscaping, gardens and children’s sandbox. They will spray on cars or the side of houses/buildings.
  • They can frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery.
  • They can cause an accident if a driver swerves to miss them on the roadway.
  • Birdwatchers do not like cats that kill birds.
  • Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife.

Spay or neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when one considers it benefits. It’s a small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of more unwanted animals.



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