Spaying and neutering your pet can:
- Reduce risks of certain cancers
- Have a positive effect on health and lifespan
- Curb unwanted behavior and marking
- Help reduce the number of unwanted pets
Finding "good homes" for your unwanted litter is not the answer. Those pets will mature and reproduce their own litters.
More quick facts:
Cats can go into their first heat at FOUR months of age. Some dogs start as soon as FIVE months. Spay and neuter your pets early. Shelters are filled with "accidental" first litters. Don't wait.
Puppies and kittens can mate with their litter mates and their parents. They do not see those relationships like we do. To them, mating is as natural as sleeping, eating, and smelling.
Pets can safely and easily be fixed by five months of age.
It is a myth that you have to wait until your dog or cat has its first heat cycle or until it is 6 months old to get fixed. Most "accidental" litters happen before a puppy or kitten is even 6 months old.
A female cat can breed three times a year with an average of four kittens per litter and she can get pregnant while still nursing.
Hunters, are you concerned that spaying or neutering will ruin your dog for hunting and trailing? Don't be. In fact, your dog's performance may improve without the distraction for mating. In addition, you will have contributed to a longer, healthier life for your working dog.
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Yes, all the spay and neuter hype is true...
Better Health & Longer Life
Fixing your cat or dog will increase its chance for a longer and healthier life. Fixing your dog increases its life an average 1 to 3 years. A fixed cat can live 3 to 5 years longer than an intact one.
Fixed pets have a very low- to no-risk of mammary gland tumors and cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
Better Health & Longer Life, Part II
Fixing your pet reduces its urge to roam and decreases its chances of getting hurt or contracting diseases as it roams.
Research indicates that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are dogs that have not been spayed or neutered. Many cat diseases are spread by bites and intact cats tend to fight a great deal more than spayed and neutered cats.
It's the Right Thing to Do!
Go to any county shelter--Bulloch County Animal Shelter included--look at all the adoptable pets there that need homes. Many will never make it out of the shelter alive. There are simply too many and not enough homes.
In the U.S., an estimated 4 million pets are euthanized each year. Many more animals die on the streets from injury, abuse, or starvation. Your accidental litter adds to those numbers. Do the right thing and do it now.
Be a part of the solution.