Why Spay or Neuter?
So why should you spay or neuter your pet?
- Spaying and neutering your pets makes them more trainable, manageable and less prone to destructive behavior. Your pet will be happier and have more focused attention, making you a happier owner!
- Spaying and Neutering not only helps control unwanted animals from overpopulating animal shelters, it can also be of benefit to you, your home, and your family.
- By allowing your pet to have “just one litter” for your children to witness the miracle of birth; producing offspring you have no intention of keeping is NOT a good lesson for your children.
- Guess what, at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country are purebred. Only reputable breeders should be allowed to have unsterilised animals as they take all factors in consideration prior to breeding.
- The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian’s fees, and other variables. But regardless, the spay or neuter surgery is only a ONE-TIME cost–and a relatively low cost when compared to all the benefits. Compare the surgery to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and every puppy or kitten in the litter. Two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs if complications develop.
- Spaying and neutering has no effect on your animal’s energy level or intelligence. If your dog is overweight it is because they are overfed, fed the wrong diet, or not exercised enough.
- Spay or neuter for the health of your pet:
Medical evidence proves it!
In females, spaying helps prevent uterine, ovarian, and breast cancer which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Females spayed before their first heat are the healthiest, but it helps at any age. For males, especially if done before 6 months of age, prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems.
- Females yowl and urinate more frequently when in heat.
- Intact male dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory and your furniture with urine.
- Sterilised males and females are friendlier:
A fixed male is less likely to want to fight with other pets, even females, who may not appreciate his annoying ongoing advances.
When a female pet goes into heat, the hormones can make her behavior become erratic. A usually friendly pet who goes into heat can suddenly become aggressive with both people and other pets in the home.
Spaying and neutering makes pets more affectionate companions, and less likely to bite. Unsterilized animals often show more behavior and temperament problems than those who have been spayed/neutered.
- ROAM: Most roaming pets are UNSTERILISED and are looking for a mate to reproduce more unwanted animals to be, abused, negelected and then euthanised…
- An un-neutered male pet is driven by strong hormones to mate, and will often turn into a Houdini escape artist to get out of their home or yard, especially if there is a female in heat close by, or sometimes even miles away!
- Roaming pets:
- Get into fights,
are in contact with various diseases (innoculations are vital),
they get injured (hit and runs),
they could end up stolen or rummage through neighbours garbage and could therefore fall victim to poisoning or an abusers temper.
- Unfulfilled sexual energy can cause frustration which can lead intact animals to exhibit destructive behavior.
- Unsterilized dogs or cats may experience a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
- UNSTERILISED PETS no matter what the Breed are more likely to be stolen from your home for breeding at puppy mills or used as “Bait” dogs in dog fighting rings…
Animal Shelter Overflow
When you choose not to spay or neuter your pet, you are directly contributing to the overflow of stray and unwanted animals in shelters. Even if you find “good homes” for your puppies or kittens, that is one less home that is available to an unwanted pet in an animal shelter.
- One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years. One female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years.
- Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year. Millions more are abandoned in rural and urban areas.
- There are more animals born each day than there are good homes for them. The responsibility falls on every pet owner to do their part to help with this problem by spaying or neutering their animals.
Have you changed your mind now?
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Posted on June 26, 2012, in Animal Welfare, Di's Articles, Doggy Style, For Cat Lovers, Interesting Articles and tagged aggression, animal, cat, companion, dog, female, health, heat, male, neuter, spay, sterilise. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.