Monday, March 9, 2015

What you need to know about spay and neuter

Why should I have my pet neutered?

Animal shelters, both public and private, are faced with an incredible burden: What to do with the overpopulation of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for? 
Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. 
Shelters do their best to place animals in loving homes, but the number of homeless animals far exceeds the number of willing adopters. This leaves many loving and healthy animals in our community that must be euthanized as the only humane solution to this tragic dilemma. Only spaying and neutering can end the overpopulation problem.

Dogs and cats that are neutered live an average of 40% longer than dogs and cats that aren't neutered. 
Spayed and neutered animals no longer feel the need to roam seeking a mate, so they have less chance of being involved in fights or traumatic injuries.

Spaying will 100%  prevent your pets from developing:

Ovarian cancer

Uterine cancer

Uterine infections

Uterine torsion and uterine prolapsed

False pregnancies

Difficult pregnancies

Cystic endometrial hyperplasia

Chronic endometritis

Cystic ovaries and hyperestrogenism

And it will greatly reduce the chance of your pet developing:

Vaginal hyperplasia and prolapse
Transmissible venereal sarcoma
Skin conditions
Cervical cancer
Breast cancer

Spaying or neutering your pet eliminates or reduces a wide variety of health problems that can be very difficult and expensive to treat, such as many types of cancer, tumors, and other serious health complications.  Also, infections, abscesses, diseases such as feline leukemia virus and feline AIDS (transmitted by fighting), and other contagious diseases are greatly reduced in altered cats, which helps avoid expensive vet bills while extending their life span.