Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

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According to The Human Society of the United States, an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals enter animal shelters every year in the United States alone.
The reality is that there are too many dogs and cats in the world who need a loving home and there’s just not enough homes for all of them.
Sadly, many of rescued animals are euthanized or put to sleep each year because no one has adopted them.  So, if you sincerely want to care for a dog or cat, the best thing to do is adopt a pet from your local shelter.
Dog owners should never attempt to breed dogs on their own if they don’t have a good working knowledge about canine genetics.  Improper breeding can bring about health and behavioral problems, and should only be done in animals who are over two years of age and who passed all necessary physical and behavioral examinations.  It’s best to leave “breeding” to the experts. 

What is Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying or ovariohysterectomy is the surgical removal of the ovaries of a female animal. Neutering is used to describe the castration of a male animal.  However, the term “neutering” is also used to describe the procedure of the surgical removal of the reproductive organ of a female or male animal.   (http://www.americanhumane.org/)

What are the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying and neutering a pet reduces the risk of some cancers such as breast cancer in females and prostate cancer in males.
The natural urge to mate disappears so a pet will not be desperate to “go out” and find a partner.  Thus, neutered pets are more less likely to get lost, get hit by a car, or get into fights with other animals.
Unpleasant instinctive habits such as marking a territory, or making inappropriate sexual approaches towards people or objects is avoided.
Unwanted pregnancy is avoided and animal population can be better controlled. (http://www.paws.org/why-spay-neuter.html)

What About the Risks?

As with any form of surgical procedure, spaying or neutering involves benefits as well as some risks so it’s very important to seek a certified veterinarian’s advice and get informed before the procedure is done. (http://www.dogster.com/)

How much will I need to pay?

If you are concerned about the cost of spaying or neutering service, call your local animal shelter to ask for a low-cost service.  You can also check out PAWS as it offers low-cost spay or neuter surgeries to pet owners with low-income.  Visit their website to schedule an appointment. (http://www.paws.org/spay-neuter-appointment.html)
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