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Facts and Myths about Spaying and Neutering

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MYTH: "My pet will get fat and lazy."                              

FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners overfeed them

and don't give them enough exercise.


MYTH: "It's better to have one litter first."

FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.


MYTH: "But my pet is a purebred."

FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats - mixed breed and purebred.


MYTH: "I want my dog to be protective."

FACT: Spaying or neutering doesn't affect a dogs natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.


MYTH: "I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male."

FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.


MYTH: " It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered."

FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, the animal's age, your veterinarian's fee and a number of other variables. Whatever the actual price, spay or neuter is a one-time cost. It is a relatively small cost when you factor in all the benefits. Having a litter of puppies and ensuring the health of both mother and offspring can be very expensive, especially if there are any complications. Even without complications, two months' of pregnancy and two months until the puppies are weaned can add to the cost of food. Most importantly, it's a small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.


MYTH: "I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens."

FACT: You may find homes for all your pet's litter. However, each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. In less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created one litter and one pet at a time.