|Spay and Neuter Facts
Why don't all owners have their pets spayed
or neutered? Often due to some of these myths and misunderstandings:
MYTH: Spaying and neutering is painful.
FACT: Veterinarians perform spay and neuter surgeries under
a general anesthetic. Animals usually return to normal activity
within 24 to 72 hours.
MYTH: Sterilization will make my pet fat
FACT: Your pet will actually benefit from spaying or neutering.
Sterilized pets lead healthier, longer lives. Spaying a female eliminates
the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces
the chances of breast cancer. Neutering a male reduces the risk
of both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Neutering also
will make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get
in fights, or become lost. Pets become fat and lazy as a result
of overeating and lack of exercise, not from spaying or neutering.
MYTH: Males don't give birth so we don't
need to neuter them.
FACT: The old saying "it takes two to tango" is
as true for animals as it is for humans. And while a female dog
or cat can only have one litter at a time, male animals can impregnate
many females each day.
MYTH: It's better for my pet to have one
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact,
the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are
MYTH: I know I can find homes for all of
my pet's kittens / puppies, so I am not contributing to the problem.
FACT: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But
each home you find means one less home is available for the dogs
and cats in shelters who need good homes and might otherwise be
euthanized. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's
offspring may have his/her own litter, adding even more animals
to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created
and perpetuated one litter at a time.
Be a part of the solution, not the problem! Have
your pets spayed or neutered.