Spaying & Neutering
Too many pets, not enough homes
Each hour, approximately 575 cats and dogs are euthanized in this country. Spaying and neutering your pets can easily reduce this terrible waste of life. This is a simple surgical procedure prevents pets from reproducing and also has numerous other health benefits for animals.
As a pet owner, you have the choice to add to the overpopulation problem or help end it. There is only 1 home for every 10 puppies or kittens born. If your pet has a litter and you are able to find homes for the animals, you could in reality have eliminated potential homes for the millions of homeless animals awaiting adoption. Besides giving other pets a chance at a loving home, altering your pets gives them and you a lot of benefits you may not be aware of:
Your pet will be a more content family member
Dogs and cats are domestic and have a natural affection for people. However, when they are not altered they have the instinct to mate. This urge leads to roaming, fighting, aggression, excessive barking, howling, and other unwelcome behaviors. Neutered pets are freed of this urge and the resulting bothersome behaviors, making a calmer and more content pet. If you have more than one pet, you'll find your neutered pets get along much better with each other
Your pet will be healthier
Altered pets are less likely to roam from home and be injured in fights or killed in traffic. In fact, altered pets have twice the average life expectancy of unaltered pets, partly due to a much lower chance of suffering from breast, uterine, prostate and testicular cancers. Dogs and cats can be altered as early as eight weeks or anytime beyond that age. Females can be spayed when they're in season or early pregnancy, but the risks are somewhat greater. (Be sure to inform your veterinarian of her condition.) The best and easiest thing for you and your pet is to get her spayed as early as possible and before she comes in season the first time. Waiting until after her first heat period does nothing for either of you. Make an appointment with your veterinarian. If the expense is a problem, ask about the low-cost spay/neuter clinics in your area.
You won't have to put up with staining or spraying During their "heat" periods, female dogs and cats experience a flow of blood. Altering your animal will allow you to avoid having to diaper your pet or deal with stains on your furniture. Unaltered male cats mark their territory by spraying objects inside and outside the house with strong smelling urine. If neutered early, male cats rarely develop this habit. Older "sprayers" usually stop within a few months of being neutered.
You won't have to fight off suitors When your female dog or cat goes into heat, the males for blocks around will know it and seek her out. Your dog will normally come into heat twice a year, and she'll attract males for almost three weeks. Cats are incredibly efficient reproducers. During breeding season (approximately February through October), females come into heat as often as every two weeks, and won't stop unless they're allowed to reproduce. They also can go into heat while nursing their current litter. Cats needing to mate will wail, rub, and dart out the door at the slightest opportunity. They become almost magical in their ability to escape. Pets have an extremely strong urge to reproduce and make it nearly impossible for you to prevent it. Male dogs have even been known to climb and otherwise break-in to fenced in yards.
You won't have to find homes for the offspring When you read the columns of classified ads selling puppies and kittens, you'd think breeding your pet could make you rich. This is not the case. Many of those animals end up being given away or donated to a shelter. If your pet isn't a purebred, you'll have trouble giving the young away. Even if your pet is purebred, she must be mated with another purebred and the pups or kittens properly registered (for a fee) for any hope of profit. And it's very likely your pedigreed female will make a shambles of your best-laid plans by mating with the first mutt or alley cat she meets.
You won't have to spend extra money Purebred or not, it costs money to bring a healthy litter into the world. The mother will need periodic check-ups by a veterinarian and a special diet during her pregnancy. Medical costs mount if she has problems during the pregnancy or delivery, or if the puppies or kittens have health problems. The young won't be ready to leave home for eight weeks, which means two months of housing, cleaning, and feeding them. In addition, they'll need to be checked out and vaccinated by a veterinarian before putting them up for sale. All this takes time and money, not to mention the cost of advertising and the days spent waiting by the phone and showing the animals to prospective buyers. If you don't screen the buyers carefully, you may also end up carrying the additional burden of conscience for letting a puppy or kitten go to a home where he may be ignored, mistreated, abandoned, or abused. Worst of all is the heartbreaking decision about what to do with the leftover puppies and kittens you just can't find homes for.
You won't add to the fatal population explosion No one likes to think about healthy, beautiful, affectionate cats, dogs, puppies and kittens losing their lives because no one wants them. Shelters, which offer food, warmth, and medical attention, care very much about these animals, but the volume of pets entering shelters greatly outnumbers the families looking to adopt. Euthanasia protects the unwanted ones from the pain of a life without companionship. A better solution is to limit the number of animals being born until they equal the number of people who want and can care for them. Please contact our Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic to make you appointment today at 309-787-6830 ext. 26 or ext. 27.