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SPAYING AND NEUTERING


WHY SPAY OR NEUTER

Don't Litter Fix your critter

Americans are the most pet loving people in the world - a whopping 60% of the households in the United States have at least two pets; the total population of dogs and cats is in excess of 110 million. With that many animals the birth rate grows to be astronomically high.

What that means for 14 million dogs and cats that are turned in to animal shelters yearly is that, for most, no one wants them. Every year between 8 and 14 million animals enter U.S. shelters; some 4-6 million of these animals are euthanized because there are simply no homes for them. Spaying and neutering our pets is the only viable solution to the pet over population problem.

How does over population happen?

It's really quite simple... A family's dog or cat has a litter. Since the owner doesn't want any more pets, they're offered to neighbors. The next door neighbor, who hadn't thought about getting a pet, notices how cute they are and takes one home. If it is a female she will come into estrus (heat) within a few months, sending out a welcoming scent to males in the surrounding area. If it is a male he will, upon maturity, begin its own search for females in estrus. Nine weeks or so later there is another unwanted litter.

One year multiplied by the offspring having offspring will produce several thousand young cats in only seven years.

The new twist is this: the neighbor thinks the birth was a great experience for the children and what the heck, he won't have any problems finding homes for them. Of course, the behind-the-scene reality is that both neighbors will end up dumping their unwanted pets at the animal shelter, along with hundreds of others in the community. And the cycle continues...

Positives effects of Spaying or Neutering

Spayed and Neutered pets are generally happier, healthier and live longer. Females are less likely to develop breast cancer and uterine infections, males less likely to suffer prostate gland problems. Furthermore, the urge to roam is reduced, and the chances of your pet getting lost or hit by a car decreases accordingly.

Neutering and Spaying is not a cure for aggressiveness, but it will lessen the urge to fight for sexual dominance, which is the prime cause of dog and cat fights. Less fighting means less pain for the pet and less expense for the owner.

How is the operation done and what does it cost?

The most common surgery performed today by veterinarians is the spaying of females and the neutering of males. The operation consists of removing certain reproductive organs -- in the female, the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries; in the male, the testicles. Under proper veterinary care, there is very little risk. The animal is usually up and about within one or two days. We recommend early age spaying and neutering after 8 weeks

The cost of the operation varies greatly, depending on the size of the pet, its health and the veterinarian.

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