Spaying and Neutering Your Pet
The Terre Haute Humane Society offers low-cost spay and neuters for your pet. Please call THHS for availability and cost - (812) 232-0293.
There are many reasons you should spay or neuter your animal. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus in a female pet, and neutering is the removal of the testicles from your male pet. According to the ASPCA, here are ten reasons you should consider it:
1) Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2) Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3) Your spayed female will not go into heat.
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five times 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!
4) Your male dog will not want to roam away from home.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate. That includes digging hisway under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury to traffic and fights with other males.
5) Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
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. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
6) Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Do not use this old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds - not neutering or spaying. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue exercise and monitor food intake.
The cost of your pet’s spay/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 tom escapes and fights with the neighborhood stray.
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on streets.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children - especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are many books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible way.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying and neutering.
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