Spaying or neutering your pet is an important decision for pet owners. As animal lovers who value our pets, it is important to understand the impact of this decision.
Good for your pet
BEHAVIOR BENEFITS Neutering greatly reduces your pet's desire to escape, decreasing the chance of getting hit by a car or getting in a fight with another dog. Undesirable behaviors such as 'mounting' objects and the constant need to mark territory may diminish. Spaying your female cat will eliminate many nuisances associated with her heat cycle, such as her pitiful cries and the gathering of tom cats.
HEALTH BENEFITS A neutered male's chance of developing prostrate tumors, infections, and enlargement are greatly reduced if altered six months or younger. Spaying your female pet prior to her first heat reduces the likelihood of mammary tumors to 1%--versus 50% for unspayed females. Also, spaying nearly eliminates the chance of developing uterine cancers and infections, a common cause of death among unspayed females. Your pet's stress level, which increases susceptibility to disease, will also be significantly lowered by spaying or neutering.
FINANCIAL BENEFITS The expense of providing proper veterinary care for a pregnant female and her litter, such as vet bills and food costs is many times higher than the cost of a spay/neuter operation.
Good for all pets
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF YUMA euthanized nearly 2,500 cats and 300 dogs over the last year simply because there were not enough good homes for all the pets that entered our shelter.
You might think that these are animals born in the streets or there is something "wrong" with them. But often they are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds. Maybe someone's dog or cat got out just that one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed.
One unaltered cat and her offspring can potentially reproduce 420,000 cats in 7 years. An unaltered dog and her offspring can potentially reproduce 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
Every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country while only 10,000 people are born. When you spay or neuter your pet, you are doing your part to reduce the number of innocent victims of pet overpopulation.