Spring is here and it is brimming with new life. Everywhere we look we can see lush, green pastures swaying, beautiful flowers blooming, birds chirping, and bees buzzing; and that’s what this post is all about- the birds and bees.
New life is wonderful! But, what about new litters of puppies and kittens? Well, they are not always so welcome. Often times, unexpected litters create burdens upon owners that they are unprepared to bear. Far too often, this inconvenience leads to tragedy when those puppies and kittens get dropped off to starve, hit by a vehicle, picked up by an animal control officer and possibly, eventually euthanized, or hopefully, in the best scenario, picked up by a caring individual who will provide a good home. The best way to prevent these unwanted pregnancies in our animals is to spay and neuter them. Still, so many people never understand all of the benefits of spaying and neutering even aside from the lack of unwanted procreation. So, to help remedy this lack of knowledge, we have listed below some excellent points in favor of spaying and neutering provided by the ASPCA.
To find these yourself on their website just go to https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/top-10-reasons-spay-or-neuter-your-pet . Please, make an appointment to get your pets spayed and neutered today!
- Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which can be fatal in dogs and cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
- Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
- Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
- Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
- Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
- Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
- It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
- Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car and motorcycle accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
- Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
- Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.