It’s Hip To Be Snipped… March is Spay- Neuter Month!

Did you know that for every person that is born, 15 dogs and 45 cats are born?  In our county, pet overpopulation is still a big problem. As these statistics show, in order to help keep up with the current flood of puppies and kittens, every person would have to own two dogs and six cats at all times during their entire lifetime (Assuming that PEOPLE LIVE FOR 75 YEARS AND DOGS AND CATS FOR 10).  A HOUSEHOLD OF FIVE WOULD HAVE TO HARBOR TEN DOGS AND THIRTY CATS!  ADOPTION ALONE IS OBVIOUSLY NOT THE ANSWER!  Altering is. Please spay or neuter your dogs and cats.

All pets should be surgically/neutered for many reasons:

  1. FEMALES (Spaying – Ovariohysterectomy)

(a) Prevents signs of estrus (heat).

(b) Prevents blood stains on the carpet from the heat cycle.

(c) Decreases surplus of puppies and kittens.

(d) Decreases the chance of developing breast tumors later in life.

(e) Decreases the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life.

 

  1. MALES (Neutering – Castration)

(a) Decreases the desire to roam the neighborhood.

(b) Decreases aggression — become more loving pets (more affectionate).

(c) Decreases incidence of prostate problems later in life.

(d) Prevents odor of Tom Cat urine.

(e) Prevents Tom Cat spraying and marking furniture and walls.

 

  1. Your community will also benefit!

Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern.  Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance; soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubs, frightening children or elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.  As a potential source of rabies and other diseases, they can become a public health hazard.  The capture, impoundment, and eventual destruction of unwanted animals will cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

 

  1. Facts about Spaying / Neutering:
  • Spaying does NOT cause a pet to get fat or lazy. This comes from overfeeding and inadequate exercise.
  • Spaying does NOT alter personalities. Personalities do NOT fully develop until two  years of age.  Aggressiveness and viciousness are not the result of surgery.  Personalities will ONLY get better!
  • Surgical risk is very slight due to modern anesthesia and techniques, but there is ALWAYS some SMALL risk when an anesthetic is used.
  • It is much easier on the pet to be spayed before going through a heat cycle, due to the smaller size of the reproductive tract.
  • The best age to spay or neuter pets is 3-6 months of age.

Surgery is performed painlessly while your pet is under general anesthesia. Post-surgical pain is minimal.  Most pets go home the same day surgery is performed.

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