Facts About Spaying and Neutering    

What do "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 a few days. 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.

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.

* Spaying and neutering makes pets better and more                   affectionate companions.
* 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.
* 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 animals.
* Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog         bites and attacks.
* 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.
* Some stray animals scare away or kill birds and wild life.
* Stray dogs will pack up 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.
Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering!!!