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General Information about
Spaying and Neutering
Spaying and Neutering: It's good for your pet.
* Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer and healthier lives.
* Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce a number of health problems that can be very expensive and difficult to treat.
* Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer. It greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, especially when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
* Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
Spaying and Neutering: It's good for you the owner.
* Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
* Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrous lasts an average of six to twelve days, often twice a year in dogs. Estrous in cats lasts an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year.
* Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior and attract unwanted male animals with discharge.
* Spaying and neutering makes pets less likely to bite.
* Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperment problems than those who have been spayed or neutered.
* Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away or get into fights.
Spaying and Neutering: It's good for the community.
* Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted cats and dogs.
* Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
* Stray 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 and needs.
* Stray animals scare away or kill birds and wild life.
* Stray dogs will form a pack and will attack wildlife, farm animals and children.
Spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost that is relatively small when compared to the benefits. It's a small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of more unwanted animals.
What does "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 overnight. Depending on 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 the best age to have your pet done.