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INFORMATION ON SPAYING AND NEUTERING

WHY SHOULD YOU SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PUPPY?

· It’s an investment in your puppy’s future health.

· Your puppy will be healthier and less likely to develop certain kinds of cancer.

· Your puppy will live longer.

· Your puppy will not experience frustrating urges to mate.

· Your puppy will be less likely to run away.

· Your puppy will be less likely to bite.

· Your puppy will not contribute to the tragic pet overpopulation problem.

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SPAYING/NEUTERING & THEIR TRUTHS

Myth: Female dogs and cats should have at least one litter before having them spayed.

Truth: There is no medical evidence to justify allowing a dog or cat to have a litter before spaying. In fact, spaying female dogs and cats eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the threat of mammary cancer.

Myth: Animals become less active and overweight as a result of spaying or neutering.

Truth: As any animal matures, it is necessary for human guardians to adjust dietary intake to compensate for more sedentary lifestyles. Animals become overweight only when they are fed too much and not exercised properly.

Myth: Behavior is adversely affected by sterilization.

Truth: The only changes in dog and cat behavior after spaying or neutering are positive changes. Male cats tend to reduce territorial spraying, depending on their age at neutering. Neutered dogs and cats fight less, resulting in fewer bite and scratch wounds and lessening the spread of contagious diseases. Male dogs and cats tend to stay home more after neutering because they no longer wander in search of a mate.

Myth: Spaying and neutering is painful to my dog or cat.

Truth: A doctor of veterinary medicine performs surgical sterilization under general anesthesia. The patient does not feel the procedure itself. There may be mild discomfort after the surgery, but most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours. The minimal discomfort experienced by dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered can be lessened with post-operative pain medications.

Myth: Children should be allowed to witness the miracle of birth.

Truth: Most dogs and cats have their litters at night in quiet, dark places far out of anyone's sight. Besides, every litter of puppies and kittens born contributes to the thousands of unwanted dogs and cats who die every day across America in our nation's pounds and animal shelters.

Myth: Spaying and neutering are expensive.

Truth: Spay or neuter surgery generally costs less than most major surgeries, especially if the dog or cat is young and healthy. Also, many communities have subsidized spay and neuter clinics or programs in which local veterinarians perform spaying and neutering surgery at reduced cost or for free.

BEFORE YOU BREED, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

· Breeding is expensive, especially the veterinarian care.

· Having a litter of puppies takes a lot of time and work.

· A litter of puppies is noisy and smelly. You’ll spend more time cleaning than cuddling.

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY PUPPY SPAYED/NEUTERED?

Most veterinarians recommend that spaying or neutering be done when the animal is 4-6 months old. Females should be spayed before they go into heat.