Top 10 Reasons
To Spay or Neuter Your Pet
1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3. Your spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
4. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, un-neutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
7. It is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your un-neutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
FAQ's about Spaying and Neutering
Q. Which is which, anyway?
A. Females are spayed and males are neutered.
Q. What is the best age to have my pet spayed or neutered?
A. The majority of pets can be "fixed" at anywhere from 10-16 weeks. It is best for females to be spayed BEFORE their first heat, which can be as early as 4-5 months.
Q. Will my pet have to stay overnight?
A. Nope! Drop-off and pick up are on the same day. Your pet will be happier recovering at home with you.
Q. Who does the surgery? Why is it so much cheaper than my regular Vet?
A. A licensed Vet will preform your Pet's surgery with us, too. The reason our prices are lower is that we are a non-profit, so we do not make money from our surgeries. We also do not require pre-op blood work and/or an overnight stay, which most Vet's offices require and charge money for.
Q. How long will it be before my pet is back to normal?
A. The evening after surgery, your pet may experience some grogginess and irritability. You will receive detailed instructions for how to care for them that night. The day after surgery, most pets are moving around normally but may be a sore around their incision sites. After 3 days most pets act completely back to normal!
Q. My pet may be in heat or pregnant. Can the surgery still be done?
A. Yes, it can. It may be a more lengthy surgery, but there is still minimal risk. We believe that it is more humane to spay a pregnant female and prevent her from giving birth than it is to contribute to the overpopulation crisis our community is in.
Q. My pet just had babies. How long do I have to wait to have her fixed?
A. We prefer to wait for at least a week to ten days after she has weaned her babies. Her milk will need to have at least mostly dried up prior to surgery. Use caution, though, because it IS possible for your pet to go into heat and even become pregnant again while she is still nursing!