Offering a Few Good Reasons to Spay or Neuter

What is the best gift you can give yourself and your pet?

Think about it for a moment. What could you do for your pet and yourself that would save you money and provide better health for your pet?

Give up?

The answer is to spay or neuter your cat or dog.

Aha, you say, that costs money, so how am I saving any?

The savings comes in having a healthier dog or cat, eliminates the need to find homes for puppies and kittens (ads in the paper and first puppy or kitten shots) and keeps your pet closer to home (no roaming looking for a mate and getting hit by a car or someone.)

If you really stop and think about it, having a pet that is able to bear kittens or puppies (though very cute) can cause a lot of wear and tear on your nerves and interrupt your busy lifestyle.

The initial cost for spaying or neutering, I agree, can make a dent in your budget, but there are places where the procedure can be done for a minimal fee.

If price is a factor talk to your vet first, he/she may be part of a group that offers a spay/neuter program in conjunction with local community animal welfare groups.

Most community animal shelters offer significant savings if the surgery is done at their facility.

Many counties at certain times of the year offer to spay/neuter for very small sums of money. They usually have a special outfitted bus that does the surgery in various locations during the year.

The only effort required on your part is to pick up the telephone and call your local animal shelter or call your vet for information.

Now that you know you can have it done, for a fairly reasonable price and a little effort on your part.

Let me tell your why you should have it done.

The main reason of course, is to spare yourself the hassle of a girl pet in heat or trying to contain a boy pet in the house, when it knows that there is a “girl” around.

If you have never had that experience, trust me it is not fun.

Female cats in heat are among the noisiest yowling creatures that ever were created. That alone is reason enough to spay your little lady.

Young lady dogs are not vocal, but can equally make your life miserable by attracting all the male dogs from miles around.

The males have no problem gathering in groups by your gate in hopes that they can get in or “she” can get out.

If those two reasons aren’t enough here are a few more:

  • Eliminates the need to find homes for puppies and kittens.
  • Decreases the chance of mammary cancer in both dogs and cats.
  • Decreases the chances of Ovarian cancer and Uterine cancer in dogs and cats.
  • Eliminates the chances of a potentially fatal infection called Pyometritis (a bacterial infection of the uterus).
  • Reduces the urge to roam by males. This prevents the chance of your pet getting lost, poisoned, hit by a car or becoming a victim of animal cruelty.
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer and healthier lives.
  • Dogs become easier to train and less temperamental.
  • Spaying/neutering your pet may give a shelter pet another chance at life (you don't have kittens or puppies to offer.)
  • Eliminates testicular tumors and keeps prostate problems in males at bay.
  • Neutering male cats helps to prevent urine spraying.
  • Makes your pet more affectionate.
  • Both male dogs and cats will be less inclined to fight.

    Males can father more litters than one female can produce, thus creating a larger surplus of pets.

    Neutering/spaying will not make your pet lazy or fat.

    Lack of exercise and over feeding will do that.

    If you are thinking that you want your children to see the miracle of birth and that is the reason you do not want to spay your female cat or dog.

    Do yourself a favor and rent a video or take the children out to visit a farm during the birthing season.

    If you are thinking your dog or cat will miss the experience of having children of their own.

    Think about this, a mother dog or cat nurse their offspring for a few weeks, teach them the dog or cat things they should know and then go on their merry way.

    Mother dogs or cats have no need to see them grow up, nor do they care.

    Male dogs and cats on the other hand reproduce only to ensure the survival of their kind.

    They are not family orientated. In truth, they care less about their offspring and wouldn’t know one of their children, if it bit them.

    Spaying or neutering will not only save you money, time and trouble, but you will be helping your community, too.

    It takes a lot of tax dollars to run community animal shelters,

    So, by spaying or neutering, the next time on the 11 o’clock news when the announcers asks; “do you know where your children are?” You can relax and know your pets are at home and not out “looking for love” in all the wrong places.

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