Healthy Pets are Spayed or Neutered

To spay or neuter, that is the question many pet owners have to consider.

It is a question that I feel should take about 2 seconds to decide and the answer should be “yes.”

Healthy pets are spayed or neutered.

Unless you are planning on breeding your dog or cat to raise puppies and kittens for commercial gain, there is no logical reason not to spay or neuter.

Millions of young, healthy and beautiful dogs and cats are put to sleep every year at animal shelters because there aren’t enough homes to take them.

Not to mention the thousands of feral cats that populate our cities along with homeless dogs.

It is very sad to know that there is a “mind set” within the brain of some people that cannot comprehend the damage they do, not only to a pet, but to the community in which they live.

Homeless and unwanted animals cost the tax paying communities many dollars to take care of them.

In our family most of our dogs have been animals that thoughtless people dropped off in a wooded area near our house to fend for themselves. Luckily for those dogs they found their way to our house.

We even had a pregnant dog dropped off that gifted us with 9 puppies several weeks later.

Our cats have also come to us in similar fashion.

People moving from one apartment to another, just leave the cat to find a life else where or feral mothers have kittens and then take off.

It would be very easy for me to get on my soap box and preach about the importance of “pet owner” responsibility.

However, instead I will try to convince you of the importance of having your pet spayed or neutered.

First of all, “what is spaying?”

Spaying is done on the female dog or cat. It is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries. It permanently makes it impossible for the animal to have puppies or kittens again.

The surgery is done under general anesthesia and is considered very safe. Your pet is usually up and around the same day, she may be a bit dopey from the anesthesia, but that wears off.

It is recommended that you have your pet spayed before her first heat which is usually around 6 months. However, it can be done earlier, anywhere from 12 weeks on.

My feeling is the sooner the better; just to be on the safe side of the heat cycle.

Why should you spay your pet?

If your pet is a cat and you never have had the privilege of being in the company of a female cat in heat, consider yourself fortunate.

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 as vocal as Miss Kitty, but she can do her bit to make your life equally miserable by attracting all the eager males from miles around. These fellows will do anything to get to your girl, from digging under the fence, to camping on your door step, just waiting for you to make one misstep and your female to get loose.

Just preventing these particular experiences is a good reason to spay. However there are many other good reasons which I will list here:

  1. Eliminates the need to find homes for puppies and kittens.
  2. Decreases the chance of mammary cancer in both dogs and cats.
  3. Decreases the chances of Ovarian and Uterine Cancer.
  4. Eliminates the chances of a potentially fatal infection called Pyometritis.
  5. Reduces the urge to roam. This prevents the chances of your pet getting lost, hit by a car, poisoned or a victim of animal cruelty.
  6. Helps dogs and cats live longer and healthier lives.
  7. Helps dogs become easier to train and less temperamental.

In case I have not convinced you to spay your female because you want your children to see the miracle of birth, take them to a farm or rent a video.

By having your pet spayed, you may save a life of a pet in a shelter.

If you are thinking Miss Fido or Miss Kitty will get fat and funny, that’s not liable to happen, unless you over feed her and give her too many treats and not enough exercise.

Our pets are just like us, when we eat too much food and do not get enough exercise and we get fat and funny, too.

Maybe you are thinking your pet will feel upset because she has not had any puppies or kittens.

Mother dogs and cats nurse their offspring for a few weeks, teach them how to be dogs or cats and then go on their merry way. They have no need to see them grow up, nor do they care.

Spaying and responsible pet ownership will save your community many dollars in animal control costs. Plus reduce the number of animals in the animal shelters waiting to be put to sleep because there are no homes for them.

Now that we have our female friends taken care of let’s give a little thought to our male pets.

Is it important to neuter our male dogs and cats?

The answer to that is a very LOUD YES.

Male dogs and cats will travel to the ends of the earth, if they know there is a female in heat somewhere. Female dogs and cats are searching for suitors and an un-neutered male is only too willing to accommodate them.

What is involved in the neutering process?

It is a fairly simple procedure involving the removal of the male’s testicles. It is done under a general anesthesia and the dog is up and about on the same day. Your pet may be a bit groggy and not ready for a game of fetch, but he will soon be up and running again.

Both male dogs and cats should be neutered by the time they are 6 months old. It can be done earlier with no problems.

It is important to get male cats done before they start spraying urine to mark their territories.

What are the benefits of having your male pet neutered besides keeping the pet population down? Here are a few good reasons:

  1. Neutering has a calming effect, curbs the urge to roam.
  2. Dogs tend to be easier to train due to the calming effect.
  3. Eliminates testicular tumors and keeps prostate problems at bay.
  4. Neutering male cats helps to prevent urine spraying.
  5. Makes your pet more affectionate.
  6. Males can father more litters than a female can produce, thus creating a larger surplus of pets.
  7. Both male dogs and cats will be less inclined to fight.

Neutering your male will not make it get lazy and fat. Lack of exercise and over feeding will do that.

Male dogs and cats reproduce to ensure the survival of their kind. They are not family orientated.

A male dog or cat could care less about its off spring and wouldn’t know one of its children, if it bit him.

By spaying or neutering your dog or cat you will be saving yourself a lot of un-necessary time, trouble and headaches.

When the clock chimes 11 o’clock and the newscasters ask, “do you know where your children are?” You can relax and know your pets are home, where they belong and not out “looking for love” in all the wrong places.