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Why Don’t People Spay and Neuter Their Pets?

Posted on: August 14th, 2013 by

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a Veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today, I’m answering some questions from Pets Best’s Facebook page. The first question comes from Kay who asks: Why do people refuse to spay and neuter their pets when so many are put down every day? I think this is a great question, and it’s a really hard question to answer.

Some people, I think, are so in love with their pets and really think that they’re so special that they want to perpetuate that love and let them have offspring, and that’s understandable. I think another part probably comes from ignorance. People don’t know how many pets are put down, thousands per year, because of homelessness. Hopefully, it’s something that by spreading a little bit more knowledge about this pet overpopulation problem, we can get the numbers of unwanted pets down.

If you have questions for me, feel free to go to Pets Best’s Facebook page and post them there or below in the comments.

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One Comment

  1. Marti Simons says:

    I don’t spay or neuter my pets unless there is a medical reason to do so. I think they are healthier left intact and I am willing to work hard to make sure they do not reproduce! It takes intelligence, time, responsibility and training.

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