Why you should spay or neuter your pet
What do "spay" and "neuter" really mean?
Female dogs and
cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, and
male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their
testicles. In both cases the operation is performed while
the pet is under anesthesia. Depending on your pet's age,
size and health, he or she will stay at your veterinarian's
office for a few hours or a few days. Depending upon the
procedure, your pet may need stitches removed after a few
days. Your veterinarian can fully explain spay and neuter
procedures to you and discuss with you the best age to which
to sterilize your pet.
Spaying and Neutering are good for your Pet
Spaying and Neutering are good for You
Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more
Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark
Spaying a female dog or cat eliminates their heat cycle. In dogs, estrus
lasts an average of 6-12 days, often twice a year, and in
cats, an average of 6-7 days, three or more times a
year. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show
nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
Unsterilzed animals often exhibit more behavior and
temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or
Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the
neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.
Spaying and Neutering Are Good for the Community
Communities spend millions of dollars to control
Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog
bites and attacks.
Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash
containers, defecate in public areas or on private
lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no
understanding of their misery or needs.
Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and