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Why Should a Pet be Spayed or Neutered?

What Happens When an Animal Is Spayed or Neutered?

  • Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs
  • Male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles. 
  • In both cases the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia.
  • Depending upon the pet's age, size, and health, your pet may stay a few hours or overnight to make sure they come through the surgery all right. 
  • Depending upon the procedure, the pet may need stitches.

Spaying or Neutering

is Good for Your Pet

  •  Helps dogs & cats live longer, healthier lives
  •  Can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when the pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease. 

Spaying or Neutering the Pet is Good for the Pet Owner.

Spaying and neutering

  •  makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  •  makes pets less likely to bite.
  •  makes males pets less likely to spray and mark territory.
  •  makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood or get into fights.
  •  Spaying eliminates the females heat cycle, which in turn eliminates her nervous behavior.
  •  Females no longer will attract the attention of unwanted male animals.

Spaying or Neutering Are Good for the Community.


  • Communities and civic organizations spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals. The answer is not to build more kennels and cages to 'warehouse' animals nor to hire more people to catch and euthanize them.
  • It is a bitter irony that the people who love animals the most must deal with the results of irresponsible pet owners.
  •  Pet overpopulation is a national issue.  Spaying & neutering are the only way to solve the problem.
  • Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
  • Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
  • Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns.
  • Stray animals frighten or anger peopole who have no understanding of their misery or needs.
  • Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife.
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