Spay and Neuter
Facts and Myths

MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get
fat and lazy because their owners feed
them too much and don't give them
enough exercise
.
MYTH: It's better to have one litter
first.
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just
the opposite. In fact, the evidence
shows that females spayed before their
first heat are typically healthier. Many
veterinarians now sterilize dogs and
cats as young as eight weeks of age.
Check with your veterinarian about the
appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: My children should
experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: Even if children are able to see
a pet give birth—which is unlikely,
since it usually occurs at night and in
seclusion—the lesson they will really
learn is that animals can be created and
discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it
should be explained to children that the
real miracle is life and that preventing
the birth of some pets can save the lives
of others.

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every
four pets brought to animal shelters
around the country. There are just too
many dogs and cats—mixed breed and
purebred.

MYTH: I want my dog to be
protective.
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not
affect a dog's natural instinct to protect
home and family. A dog's personality is
formed more by genetics and
environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I don't want my male dog or
cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of
sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not
change a pet's basic personality. He
doesn't suffer any kind of emotional
reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so
special, I want a puppy (or kitten)
just like her
.
FACT: A dog or cat may be a great pet,
but that doesn't mean her offspring will
be a carbon copy. Professional animal
breeders who follow generations of
bloodlines can't guarantee they will get
just what they want out of a particular
litter. A pet owner's chances are even
slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of
puppies or kittens might receive all of a
pet's (and her mate's) worst
characteristics.

MYTH: It's too expensive to have
my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering
depends on the sex, size, and age of
the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a
number of other variables. But whatever
the actual price,spay or neuter surgery
is a one-time cost—a relatively small
cost when compared to all the benefits.
It's a bargain compared to the cost of
having a litter and ensuring the health of
the mother and litter; two months of
pregnancy and another two months until
the litter is weaned can add up to
significant veterinary bills and food
costs if complications develop. Most
importantly, it's a very small price to pay
for the health of your pet and the
prevention of the births of more
unwanted pets
.
MYTH: I'll find good homes for all
the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for all of
your pet's litter. But each home you find
means one less home for the dogs and
cats in shelters who need good homes.
Also, in less than one year's time, each
of your pet's offspring may have his or
her own litter, adding even more
animals to the population. The problem
of pet overpopulation is created and
perpetuated one litter at a time.
DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that one pair of breeding cats as
young as four months old, with all their offspring
will generate 420,000 kittens in just six years?

Did you know that one pair of breeding dogs
with all their offspring will produce 67,000
puppies in seven years?

Did you know that spaying eliminates the
possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and
greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer,
particularly when your pet is spayed before her
first estrous cycle?

Did you know that neutering eliminates testicular
cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate
disease?

Did you know that neutering makes pets less
likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or
get into fights?

Did you know it is estimated that between 6 to 8
million
American pets are euthanized each year due to
over population?
Know the Facts
Spay and Neuter Saves Lives