1. Your female dog or cat will live a
longer, healthier life.
removal of the ovaries and uterus—is a
veterinary procedure performed under
general anesthesia that usually requires
minimal hospitalization. Spaying a female
cat or dog helps prevent pyometra
(pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer.
Treatment of pyometra requires
hospitalization, intravenous fluids and
antibiotics. Breast cancer can be fatal in
about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90
percent of female cats. Spaying your pet
before her first heat offers the best
protection from these diseases.
2. There are
major health benefits for your male animal
preventing unwanted litters, neutering
your male dog or cat prevents testicular
cancer, if done before six months of age.
spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary greatly, female
felines usually go into heat four to five
days every three weeks during breeding
season. In an effort to advertise for
mates, they'll yowl and urinate more
frequently—sometimes all over the house.
Unspayed female dogs generally have a
bloody discharge for about a week, and can
conceive for another week or so.
male dog won't need to roam away from
intact male in search of a mate will do
just about anything to get one! That
includes digging his way under the fence
and making like Houdini to escape from the
house. And once he's free to roam, he
risks injury in traffic and fights with
and he will be
much better behaved to boot!
Spaying or neutering is highly
Neutered cats and dogs focus their
attention on their human families. On the
other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may
mark their territory by spraying
strong-smelling urine all over the house.
Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by
mounting on furniture and human legs when
stimulated. And FYI, a neutered dog
protects his home and family just as well
as unneutered dog--and many aggression
problems can be avoided by early
6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make
your pet fat.
Lack of exercise and overfeeding - not
neutering - will cause your pet to pack on
the extra pounds. Your pet will remain fit
and trim as long as you continue to
provide exercise and monitor food intake.
cost of your pet's spay or neuter surgery
is a lot less than the cost of having and
caring for a litter. It also beats the
cost of treatment when your unneutered
male escapes and gets into fights with
neighborhood strays…or the cost of
cleaning the carpet that your unspayed
female keeps mistaking for her litter box,
or the cost of…well, you get the idea!
It's good for the community.
Stray animals pose real problems in many
parts of the country. They can prey on
wildlife, cause vehicular accidents,
damage the local fauna and scare children.
Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for
your children to witness the miracle of
We've heard this one a lot. But you know
what? Letting your pet produce offspring
you have no intention of keeping teaches
your children irresponsibility. Anyone who
has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter
for lack of a home knows the truth behind
this dangerous myth. There are countless
books and videos available to teach your
children about birth in a responsible
10. It packs a powerful punch in the
fight against pet overpopulation.
Millions of cats and dogs of all
ages and breeds are euthanized annually or
suffer as strays. These high numbers are
the result of unwanted, unplanned litters
that could have been prevented by spaying
Born homeless, now adopted! Others may
not be so fortunate - please spay and
neuter your pets!