Spaying/Neutering your pets is good for you,
good for your pets, and good for the community. Here’s how...
10. Lower veterinary bills !
Altered pets are less prone to a variety of diseases. Spayed females
have a lower risk of breast cancer (90% fatal in cats. 50% fatal
in dogs) and life-threatening uterine infections. Neutered males
have no risk of testicular disease and a lower risk of prostate diseases.
9. A sweeter smelling house!
Neutered males and spayed females have fewer tendencies to mark
their territory or attract the opposite sex by spraying. That means
no yellow stains on your white couch and a lot less air freshener.
8. Reduced stress for you and your pets!
Your spayed female cat won’t writhe and yowl her way through
ten months of heat cycles. Your neutered dog will be less likely
to embarrass you by riding your boss’s leg during that important
dinner meeting. You won’t have to worry about keeping all those
annoyingly arduous males away from your equally arduous females.
Your pets will stay contented at home instead of trying to outsmart
you to get out and find a little action.
7. Fewer visits from the Dog Warden or angry
neighbors – and
less heartbreak too!
Altered pets have fewer tendencies to roam and are therefore less
likely to annoy your neighbors, get hit by cars or fall prey to wild
6. Fewer dog and cat fights – and maybe
even better relationships with people!
Fights between unaltered pets can be serious, causing deep wounds
and transmitting deadly diseases. Neutered males tend to be less
aggressive to both animals and people, particularly if altered at
an early age.
5. More lovin’ for you!
Pets who aren’t fretting about their sex
lives become more focused on the humans in their lives.
4. No unwanted litters!
One unspayed dog or cat can have as many as 10 unwanted births in the first breeding season. Do you really have that many friends?
3. No early surprises!
Female cats can breed as early as 4 months; dogs
as early as 6 months! To avoid those “accidental” litters, talk with your veterinarian
about pediatric spay/neuter (8 – 16 weeks of age).
2. More homes for the homeless!
6-8 million dogs and cats are waiting in shelters
across the country. Every home found for one of your pet’s
offspring takes a home away from an animal waiting in a shelter.
1. You’ll prevent the major cause for
death and suffering in cats and dogs!
For every human born today in the United States,
45 cats and 15 dogs will be born. Six to eight million will end
up in shelters. (30 % pure bred – 55% unaltered). About half will be euthanized
because there simply aren’t enough homes. In addition, countless
homeless animals, who never make it into shelters, will scratch out
a meager existence on the streets – often becoming threats
to public health and safety. This makes pet overpopulation the major
cause of death and suffering for companion animals.
The cure is simple.
For you. For your pet. For all the animals waiting
For more information about spay/neuter, consult your veterinarian,
always the best source of information in matters regarding the health
of your pet.
Figures provided by Humane Society of the United
States; American Humane Association; and Brenda Griffin, DVM, Director,
Shelter Medicine Program, Auburn University.