Spaying—the removal of the ovaries and uterus—is a veterinary procedure performed under general anesthesia that usually requires minimal hospitalization. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and certain types of cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids, and antibiotics. Cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat—the surgical removal of the testicles—prevents testicular cancer.
Cats and dogs who have been fixed focus their attention on their human families rather than allowing their animal urges to drive them to search for a mate. Also, unsterilized dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting on furniture and human legs when stimulated. Aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering, though neutered dogs protect their homes and families just as well as unneutered dogs.
Avoiding the "Heat"
While cycles can vary greatly, female felines usually go into heat for four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they will yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house. Unspayed female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so. Getting your female fixed prevents this messy time and if done before their first cycle, can prevent against certain types of cancer.
Less Risk of Roaming
An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he is free to roam, he risks injury from traffic and fights with other males. Once neutered, he will be happier at home and safer.
The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays… or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box... or the cost of… well, you get the idea!
Great Way to Help Your Community
Stray animals pose real problems in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause vehicular accidents, damage the local fauna, and scare children. Accidental litters also fill the shelters, and put animals at risk of being euthanized.
The Miracle of Responsibility
We have heard many people say that they don’t want their pet to be spayed/neutered because their children will miss the miracle of birth. But you know what? Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth. There are countless books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner, without sacrificing animals to do so.
It will NOT make your pet fat!
Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds, not neuter or spay. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
FIGHT pet overpopulation!
And last, but certainly not least, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. Here at Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic we are dedicated to providing a non-lethal solution to the problem of shelter pet overpopulation by providing affordable choices for spay and neuter.