MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT SPAYING AND NEUTERING YOUR PET
MYTH: My pet’s behavior will change drastically
FACT: Yes there will be behavior changes but they will all be positive ones. Spaying and Neutering will eliminate hormonally influenced behaviors. Females will avoid going into heat, and males will have decreased aggression and urges to mount furniture, other pets or people as well as a decreased desire to roam. Pets might also be cleaner since they will be spending less time looking for a mate and more time grooming.
MYTH: My pet will get fat, lazy and less attractive.
FACT: Pets become fat and lazy most often because they are overfed and under-exercised. If your pet puts on weight it has nothing to do with the surgery. Cutting calories and adding in some playtime will help keep your pet fit.
MYTH: My dog/cat is an indoor-only pet so I don’t need to spay/neuter.
FACT: This is a common mistake. People only think of the reproductive ramifications of not fixing their pets. In addition to protecting your pet from pregnancy/impregnating should they escape your home, you are offering them a myriad of health and behavioral benefits as well including eliminating the risk of some cancers and decreasing the urge to roam for a mate.
MYTH: My pet is so special, I want more just like her.
FACT: Professional breeders cannot even guarantee the characteristics a litter will inherit. It is not possible to create a pet identical to your own. Besides, there are plenty of loveable, adoptable shelter pets waiting to be adopted.
MYTH: Spaying and neutering is painful and/or dangerous to my pet.
FACT: Spay & neuter surgeries are one of the most routinely performed surgeries for cats and dogs. Most pets go home the same day and are back to normal activities within 24 to 72 hours with a full recovery in 5 to 7 days. Certainly the benefits far outweigh the risks.
MYTH: Animals cannot get pregnant before their first heat, so I have time.
FACT: You don’t have time. Animals can go into heat as early as 4 months of age. Not only will spaying your pet prevent an unwanted litter, it will alleviate your pet from going through an uncomfortable heat cycle.
MYTH: My pet will mourn the loss of his/her ability to reproduce.
FACT: Neither dogs nor cats reproduce to experience motherhood or fatherhood, but purely to protect the survival of their species. Your pet has no understanding or emotional attachment to parenting, sexuality, gender roles or reproduction.
Here are the top 10 Reason why you should Spay and Neuter your Pets according to the ASPCA.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.