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Why desex your pet?

May 23rd, 2005

There are many medical and behavioural benefits in having your pet desexed:

MALES (Cats & Dogs)

CONVENIENCE TO OWNERS

Usually stops tomcats from “spraying” foul-smelling urine in the house.

Reduces the annoying and embarrassing urge of male dogs to “mount” children and adults’ legs.

Reduced dog registration fees each year will quickly cover the cost of the operation

Reduces aggression against other animals. It decreases fights, thus saving you expensive veterinary bills and aggravation.

BETTER HEALTH FOR YOUR PET

Eliminates your pet’s desire to seek out a female and reduces the risks involved with a free-roaming animal (car accidents, etc).

Reduces the risk of prostate problems and testicular tumours later in life.

HELPS DECREASE THE OVERPOPULATION PROBLEM

One male running loose for just a few hours can impregnate many females adding to the serious problem of unwanted puppies and kittens.

ELIMINATES SEXUAL FRUSTRATION

A male sensing a female in heat is nearby can break down doors, and jump fences in the desire to mate. Lets your pet relax and enjoy being part of the family.

MYTHS

Neutering will take away the “guard dog” instincts.
NOT TRUE. Neutering a dog does not reduce its ability as either a guard or watch dog. They will still be as protective of their territory as they were before the surgery.

Neutering makes pets fat.
NOT TRUE. Neutering does not make your pet fat or lazy. Too much food and not enough exercise is the main cause of obesity.

Neutering will hurt him.
NOT TRUE. Neutering is a safe and relatively painless operation done by a registered veterinarian. Your pet will appreciate the freedom from sexual frustration.

FEMALES (Cats and Dogs)

CONVENIENCE TO OWNERS

Eliminates oestrus or “heat” periods; no bloody discharges.

Eliminates the scent that attracts annoying males. No need to confine your female while in heat.

Eliminates the frantic pacing and crying by the female while in heat (cats are especially vocal at this time). Reduced dog registration fees each year will quickly cover the cost of the operation.

BETTER HEALTH FOR YOUR PET

Eliminates all the problems and potential risks involved in pregnancy and birth.

Eliminates the common problem of cancer of the uterus as the pet gets older.

Decreases the possibility of mammary tumours.

HELPS DECREASE THE PET OVERPOPULATION

By not bringing more unwanted puppies and kittens into the world.

Rids you of the worry of what to do with unplanned litters of puppies and kittens.

ELIMINATES SEXUAL FRUSTRATION

Decreases your pet’s desire to roam in search of a mate; decreasing the problems involved with a free-roaming animal (car accidents, etc.).

Lets your pet relax and enjoy being part of the family.

MYTHS

Spaying will make your pet fat.
NOT TRUE. Spaying your pet will not make her fat and lazy. Too much food and not enough exercise is the main cause of obesity.

She should have one litter first.
NOT TRUE. It is actually better for her not to have a litter or a heat period before being spayed. They can be spayed at six months of age.

Spaying will hurt her.
NOT TRUE. Spaying is a safe and relatively painless operation done by a registered veterinarian. Your pet will appreciate the freedom from sexual frustration or repeated parenthood.

I will find homes for the puppies or kittens.
NOT TRUE. You may be able to place your puppies and kittens but are they “good” homes? And remember each time you place one of your puppies or kittens, somewhere else an animal is being killed because there was no home for him.