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Reasons to Spay and Neuter Your Pets

  • There are no heat cycles in females. That means no stray dogs hanging around for 3 weeks.


  • Spaying a female dog, especially before it goes into its first heat cycle, drastically reduces the chance of mammary tumors, uterine cancers and infections.


  • Neutering a male reduces or eliminates spraying and marking especially if done before 6 months of age


  • Neutered males are less likely to roam, therefore less likely to get into fights with other dogs and be involved in auto accidents


  • Spayed and neutered animals are usually better behaved. Spayed or neutered animals focus their attention on their human families.


  • Spaying and neutering can increase the chance that your dog or cat has a longer happier life. Spayed or neutered canines have an increased life span of 1 to 3 years, and felines have an increased life span of 3 to 5 years.


  • Spaying and neutering is highly cost-effective. The cost of spaying and neutering is a lot less than taking care of and finding homes for an unexpected litter. It is also much cheaper than paying for a medical emergency that arises from having an intact animal.


  • ABOVE ALL: Spaying and neutering drastically reduces the number of unwanted animals in the County. In 2009 Catawba County Animal Services took in 9,000 animals. Of those 9,000 animals, 3,783 were puppies or kittens. That means if you have an average litter size of 8, only 472 females would need to be sterilized.