Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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Diane's cat Tarzan hides in the bushes.

By: Diane Ayres
SNIP for Pets Best Insurance

Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Not convinced yet? Check out our handy-and persuasive-list of the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your dog/ cat.

1. Spaying and neutering saves lives! An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total 67 cats in just 2 years. Some cats are having 3 to 4 litters of kittens a year and kittens are getting pregnant as early as 3 months old. An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies and their puppies‘ puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed, add up to 128 in just 2 years.

2. Spaying your female cat or dog will help prevent breast cancer. A female dog has 0.05% chance of getting breast cancer if it is spayed before its first heat, 18% chance if spayed after its first heat and 26% chance of getting breast cancer after the second heat cycle.

3. Neutering male dogs or cats prevents testicular cancer.

4. A spayed female will not go into heat. There will be no yowling or frequent urination of your un spayed cat looking for a mate and no discharge from your unsprayed dog in heat.

5. Neutering dogs makes them less likely to roam. An un neutered male will go to extremes in searching for a mate, including jumping the fence or digging his way out of the yard. Once out, he is at risk of getting lost, getting hit by a car, causing an accident or getting into a fight. A dog who roams is also more likely to get external and internal parasites.

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6. Neutered males are better behaved. They are less likely to be aggressive (statistically most dog bites are inflicted by intact males), less likely to mark their territory with strong smelling urine and less likely to mount when stimulated. Spayed and neutered dogs and catsare more affectionate and more focused on their owner.

7. Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will not make them fat! Pets become obese from lack of exercise and overfeeding. The myth that spaying and neutering your pet makes them fat is medically and factually indefensible.

8. Spaying and neutering your dog or cat helps create a safer neighborhood. Stray animals can cause problems in the community. They can prey on wildlife, cause traffic accidents, scare children etc.

9. There are no benefits of letting your female have “just one litter.” Research shows the whole pet population virtually stems from “just one litter.” Many pet owners think their dog is special and unique and that is why they should breed their dog. The shelters are full of special and unique dogs. Letting your children witness your dog giving birth to a litter that you do not intend to keep does not teach them about birth, it teaches them to be irresponsible. There are several videos on the computer for children to watch a cat or dog have kittens or puppies. Finding homes for the litter is not enough. An equal number of animals will then die in shelters. Furthermore what happens when the new owner doesn’t spay or neuter the puppy? What if they can no longer keep the puppy? Every time an animal dies in a shelter, someone somewhere is responsible. Don’t be that person.

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10. Just because your dog is a purebred doesn’t mean it should be bred. 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred not including those in rescue groups.

Each day 70,000 puppies/ kittens are born in the United States, while only 10,000 people are born. Thats 7 dogs/ cats are born for every human born in the United States. Please be a part of the solution, spay and neuter! Thank you.

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