What is spaying and neutering?
It’s a simple surgical procedure that stops your dog or cat from breeding. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female animal. Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles of a male animal. Both procedures are performed while your pet is under anesthesia.
Why should I fix my pet?
Spaying and neutering saves lives. Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States every year due to uncontrolled breeding. The best way to end the tragedy of unwanted pets, and one of the kindest things you can do for animals, is to make sure that your cat or dog is spayed or neutered.
Besides, fixing your pet will make your life much easier! Spaying or neutering can help some of your pet’s behavior problems:
- house soiling
- marking, spraying
- persistent barking or meowing
- roaming, escaping
- fighting with other pets
- biting humans or other pets
- bleeding and other problems associated with female pets being in heat
Shouldn’t my dog or cat have one litter before being fixed?
It is better to do just the opposite. Your pet will be healthier if she is spayed before her first litter and, even better, before her first heat. Having puppies or kittens makes no difference at all to a pet’s temperament.
I feel uncomfortable getting my male pet neutered. I wouldn’t want that done to me!
Your pet has no concept of sexual identity and ego. His biology and behavior developed in the wild to produce as many offspring as possible so his species could survive. In our modern world, this many offspring only add to the sum total of unwanted pets that are killed in shelters.
Will spaying or neutering affect my pet’s health in any way?
Yes, it will improve the health of your pet. In females, it eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine infections and cancer. It also reduces the incidence of mammary cancer. In males, it eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
(Adapted from information provided by Best Friends Animal Society)
Pet overpopulation is a heartbreaking problem. You can be a part of the solution when you purchase a pet-friendly Ohio license plate.
Proceeds from the sale of these special plates go to the ohio pet fund which supports programs for the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats in ohio shelters and rescues and of pets in low-income households.