What is spay and neuter?
•A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal's reproductive organs so she cannot become pregnant.
•A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal's testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.
•The surgeries are performed by a veterinarian while animals are under general anesthesia so that they do not feel any pain. An animal may experience some discomfort after the surgery, but most veterinarians will provide medication to help ease the soreness.
•When someone says an animal is "fixed" or "altered" that means the animal has been spayed or neutered.
Why should I spay or neuter?
If you think that just having one or two litters won't hurt anybody, the following facts should change your mind. According to the Humane Society of the United States, 10,000 babies are born in the U.S. on any given day. On that same day, however, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Match those two statistics up, and you'll see that there will never be enough homes for all the animals born in this country unless we all take responsibility for spaying and neutering our pets. Change begins with YOU! Spay or neuter your pet!
What area has a problem with over population?
It happens everywhere!!!! Animal shelters and rescues, both public and private, are faced with an incredible burden: What to do with the overpopulation of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for? Approximately 3.7 MILLION animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.
Benefits for you and your pet
Your companion will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience fewer headaches if you get him or her spayed or neutered.Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates:
•The odds of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
•Frustration in resisting the natural urge to mate. Your companion will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more contented member of your family.
•The animal's need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.
•Messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
•The tendency to bite. However, your pet will still be protective of his home and family even after being altered. Aggression is different from protectiveness.
•Spraying, wailing, marking territory, or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.
•The extra expense for food or veterinary care in the event of an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens.
•Spayed females typically live longer than unspayed females according to the AKC and Humane Society of the US.In addition, many communities offer lower licensing fees and other benefits for spayed or neutered companion animals.
Millions of pet deaths each year are a needless tragedy. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Contact your veterinarian today and be sure to let your family and friends know that they should do the same.