A View to No-Kill: Good reasons to spay or neuter your pet

August 28, 2012 

Spaying or neutering your pet is the right and responsible thing to do.

If you have ever thought to yourself, "What can I do that is great for my pet's health?" The answer would be to spay or neuter your pet. Not only for your pet's health, imagine the millions of unwanted dogs and cats that are euthanized each year, the answer as to what you can do to help stop this is simple. Spay or neuter.

Some pet health benefits that go along with spaying or neutering begin with promoting better behavior. When you spay or neuter your pet, it reduces some undesirable behaviors like decreasing the need to roam. And with dogs, reducing the howling, urine marking and barking. If the desire to roam is reduced, your pet's chances of being hit by a car or involved in a bite will be reduced. Male cats will be less likely to mark their territory when they are neutered. Spaying female cats helps prevent their yowling which is what they do to attract male cats when they are in heat. A pet that is spayed or neutered can reduce your pet's risk of developing urinary tract problems. This is especially important for cats since urinary tract disease can be very serious or fatal.

Even your pet can get cancer. By spaying or neutering your pet, you can reduce the risk of your pet developing certain cancers and lengthening their lives. Spaying in female pets reduces the odds or developing mammary, uterine and ovarian cancer. In male pets, neutering can reduce the risk of developing testicular cancer.

Spaying or neutering a dog or cat is a commonly performed surgery. Your pet will be given general anesthesia during the surgical procedure. After surgery, your pet may be given pain medication to minimize any pain and discomfort. It is recommended you keep your pet indoors and in a quiet place following the spay or neuter surgery. You should also keep your pet calm and not allow your dog or cat to run or jump. Your veterinarian will provide you with all the information you need both before and after surgery.

Most veterinarians recommend that female dogs and cats not be spayed while they are in heat since they may be susceptible to an increased loss of blood. Your veterinarian will evaluate your pet to ensure good health before the sterilization procedure is done. Your dog or cat will have a calmer demeanor after the surgery and your pet will be more content and healthier.

If you have thought about having your pet spayed or neutered but

have not because you think it is too expensive, you need to know there are clinics that provide spaying and neutering services at free and reduced cost. Call 941-749-3067 and listen to several options offered on this recorded information line.

The cost of caring for a litter of puppies or kittens far outweighs the cost of spaying or neutering your pet. Aside from the expense, the next excuse not to neuter your male pet… "I don't want my dog to lose his manhood; it will make him a wimp." Well, unlike people, your pet does not have any concept of their sexual identity. Neutering your male dog or cat will not cause them to have an identity crisis or mourn the loss of his reproductive capability. What excuse do you have for contributing to the number of unwanted pets? Spay or neuter your pet today.

If you never have to look into the eyes of a dog or cat and make a choice, you are lucky. One day, we all would like to be lucky too.

Adopt your new fuzzy and furry family member from Manatee County Animal Services today. Don't forget about our August adoption special. Back to school show and tell time is here! Adoption fees are only $80 for dogs and $60 for cats, which includes a health check, sterilization surgery, microchip, and current vaccinations, including rabies. The adoption fee does not include the required license certificate/tag fee of $10 for Manatee County residents.

Free and Low Cost Spay and Neuter Programs call our information line at 941-749-3067.

Kris Weiskopf, chief of Manatee County Animal Services, writes this weekly column for the Bradenton Herald.

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