Spay or Neuter your pet…
for the physical and mental well-being of your pet and for the welfare of animals.
Spaying female cats and neutering male cats refers to the surgical sterilization of animals so they cannot reproduce. There are countless physical and behavioral benefits to spaying/neutering your pet.
Simply put, spaying and neutering saves lives! Each year thousands of healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized in U.S. shelters. Even if your pet has a litter and you find homes for it, each of those pets takes a potential home away from other homeless pets waiting in a shelter.
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When to Spay/Neuter:
Pets are typically spayed or neutered when they are 4-6 months old, although the procedure can be done from as early as 8 weeks old to adulthood. It is best to have this surgery done before your pet reaches sexual maturity, and female animals should be spayed before their first heat.
Our Companions strongly supports early Spay/Neuter, also referred to as “Pediatric Spay/Neuter,” because it is safe, animals recover faster, and it eliminates the possibility of pets having accidental litters. To learn more about Pediatric Spay/Neuter visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/early-spay-neuter.aspx .
Here are just some of the many health and behavioral benefits of spaying your pet:
- Prevents pregnancy and the complications arising from pregnancy and delivery
- Reduces risk of mammary cancer and Pyometra, a potentially deadly infection of the uterus
- Eliminates sexual discomfort, distress, or distraction, making your pet happier and more content.
- Eliminates heat cycles
- Prevents unwelcome males from trying to seek out your female pet in heat
- Reduces the urge to roam, making it less likely that your pet will get in a fight, hit by a car, or become injured or lost.
Here are just some of the many health and behavioral benefits of neutering your pet:
- Reduces the distracting and destructive behavior associated with the male's efforts to get out and find a mate
- Eliminates sexual discomfort, distress, or distraction making your pet happier and more content
- Reduces the urge to roam making it less likely that your pet will get in a fight, hit by a car or become injured or lost
- Eliminates testicular tumors and reduces prostate gland problems.
- In cats, neutering stops or reduces marking behavior (territorial spraying of urine).
Still not convinced?
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