Let’s FIX These Spay/Neuter Myths

February is spay/neuter month. Your decision as a pet owner can help your pet and other pets by getting your pet spayed/neutered today!

Let’s FIX These Spay/Neuter Myths

Feb 1, 2019

Let’s FIX These Spay/Neuter Myths

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Why? According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), each year approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).  Those numbers in U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 2.6 million in 2011. Pet overpopulation is a world-wide problem with many secondary impacts. Those include environmental pollution, encroachment on native animals, and a lot of unnecessary suffering on the part of the neglected and homeless animals.


This significant decline since 2011 is due to a number of factors. Hard work by shelters to adopt and reunite pets with their families plus their efforts to educate owners and offer low cost and free spay/neuter clinics are just a few. If you’re reading this, we’re probably preaching to the choir, but if your pet is not yet spayed or neutered, we’ve put together this list of reasons why its not just good for the world, it’s also good for you and your pet!

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We’re not sure why there isn’t just one word for it. Spaying is for female pets. Neutering is for male pets. There is a lot of confusion about the process. Here are a few reasons you should act today to spay/neuter your beloved fur babies. This decision can make a difference in your home and for the greater good of pets everywhere.


Your Pet’s Health

Spaying or neutering your pet can increase their lifespan. According to USA Today, states that have the highest rate of spaying/neutering their pets live the longest. The report says, “neutered male dogs live 18% longer than unneutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs.” The report goes on to add that in Mississippi, the lowest-ranking state for pet longevity, 44% of the dogs are not neutered or spayed.”


The increased longevity of altered pets could be because of the reduced risk of certain types of cancer. Unspayed female cats and dogs have a far greater chance of developing pyrometra (a fatal uterine infection), uterine cancer and other cancers of the reproductive system.


Female pets who are spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Getting your pets spayed/neutered will not change their fundamental personality, like their protective instinct.


Curb Bad Behavior

According to the Humane Society of the United States getting your pet spayed/neutered can solve many problems. For example, unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine marking than neutered dogs.Spay/Neuter jonas vincent


In cats the need to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat. By getting your kitty altered by four months old, you can halt this behavior before it is ever a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues.


Other behavioral problems that can be ameliorated by spay/neuter include:


  • Roaming, especially when females are “in heat.”
  • Aggression: Studies also show that most dog bites involve dogs who are unaltered.
  • Excessive barking, mounting and other dominance-related behaviors.


Don’t wait! Behaviors are learned quickly in both cats and dogs. The longer you wait, the greater the risk you run of the surgery having less of an effect because the behavior becomes ingrained.


Save Money & Anguish Down the Road

Some people forgo getting a pet spayed or neutered because it is too expensive. We will get to some great options to help reduce costs in a second, but if we look down the road, we’ll discover there are some long-term costs that could be incurred by an unaltered pet.


The reproductive system cancers and pyometra mentioned above can easily run a pet owner into thousands of dollars in vet bills. When a pet-owner can’t afford them, sadly their only choice can be putting the animal down.


Additionally, unaltered pets can be more destructive or high-strung. Serious fighting is more common between unaltered pets of the same gender and can incur high veterinary costs. In some counties, pet licenses could also be more expensive as well.

But Doesn’t it Hurt?

We’ve heard a number of people say they just don’t want to put their pet through the pain. The reality is that veterinarians have gotten really good at making these procedures as comfortable and painless as possible. That’s thanks to advances in technology, medication, medical knowledge and experience. The animal will need to refrain from strenuous activity for a week or two after the procedure, but most animals are back to their normal selves within a day or two of the minimally invasive surgery. There is a small chance of complication, as with any procedure, but the likelihood that your pet will suffer is very small.