When it comes to spaying and neutering your pet, there's many myths out there. That's not to say that everything you've heard isn't true. Let us break it down for you and explain the top 5 myths of spaying and neutering your pet.
Myth 1: It's expensive. There are many low-cost options for spaying/neutering. In fact, we offer very low-cost spaying/neutering options.
Myth 2: You'll find homes for all of your newborn puppies/kitties. Sure, maybe you will find a place for each of them to live. However, you can't control what happens once they are in those new homes. What if they aren't a good fit? What if there are unknown allergies? What if they can't afford to properly care for the new pet? You are only able to control what happens to your own pet in your own home.
Myth 3: It's healthier for my female to have her first litter before I spay her. This is false. Evidence stated by HumaneSociety.org states that it's actually easier on her body and overall health if she is spayed before her first heat.
Myth 4: Spaying/neutering will change my pet's behavior. If there are any changes, they'll be positive! Your pet will be less aggressive, less distracted and less frustrated. It will no longer be fighting it's natural urge to mate.
Myth 5: My pet will become fat. Spaying/neutering plays no role in the weight of your pet. Fitness/diet does. Just continue to feed your pet proper proportions and keep them active and you will not have to worry about them becoming overweight.
There are so many benefits that go along with spaying and neutering your pet, we hardly know where to begin! Let's break it down and talk about just a few of the many, many reasons why spaying/neutering is the way to go.
- It's good for the community. Pet overpopulation is a major problem in the United States. There are many perfectly adoptable pets that are living on the streets or in animal shelters. Many of these animals (one about every 11 seconds) will be put to sleep because of overcrowding.
- Spaying and neutering provides major health benefits for both female and male animals. One of the largest health benefits that results from spaying/neutering is a greatly reduced chance of your pet developing cancer.
- When your pet is not spayed or neutered, they are often feeling the need to search for a mate and may run away to do. They are also more aggressive and frustrated. If you spay or neuter them, they will be less distracted, more easy to train and an overall happier pet.
- Your community is spending millions of tax dollars each year to care for unwanted, uncared for or neglected animals. This can all be greatly reduced if pet overpopulation is reduced.
These are just a few of the many reasons why spaying/neutering is the best option for any pet. If you're interested in learning more about what spaying/neutering is, and the truths and myths that go along with it, look at some of our articles on our Grantsburg Animal Hospital blog page. We love to keep you informed!