Shouldn't children experience the miracle of
No. A more important lesson to teach your children would be
responsible pet ownership and concern for life by explaining why their pet should not have
babies.Why Spay or Neuter Your
Spaying is a general term used to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female animal.
Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. However, neutering
is often used in reference to both genders. The surgical procedure, performed by a veterinarian, renders the
animal incapable of reproducing. Here are answers to some questions you may have about this beneficial
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. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this
What are some of the health and behavioral
Through neutering, you can help your dog or cat live a
happier, healthier, longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female cat in
heat. Spaying a female dog also eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle.
Neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain
undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. If you have
more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are
A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved
health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of
breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular
cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.
Can't I allow my purebred dog to have just one
Mixed breed or purebred -- there just aren’t enough homes.
Purebred animals also often end up in shelters. In fact, 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebreds. Responsible
purebred breeders have homes for their potential litters before they breed.
Doesn't neutering alter an animal's
No. Personality changes that may result from neutering are
for the better. Not being distracted by the instinctual need to find a mate helps your pet stop roaming and
decreases aggressive tendencies.