Why Spay /Neuter ?

Millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized every year, which is a direct result of pet overpopulation. Spaying/neutering our companion animals will help get a handle on this epidemic, as well as providing a great many other benefits.

Top Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet (Adapted from ASPCA)

Healthier Females

Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Pyometra is a life threatening condition. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

Healthier Males

Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular cancer, and prostate problems.

Better Behavior

Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting on furniture and human legs when stimulated. Aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering, though neutered dogs protect their homes and families just as well as unneutered dogs.

Less Risk of Roaming

An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he is free to roam, he risks injury from traffic and fights with other males.

Highly Cost-Effective

The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays…or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your un-spayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box.

Good for the Community

While cycles can vary greatly, female felines usually go into heat for four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they will yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house. Un-spayed dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so. Although it varies with different breeds and individual dogs, an un-spayed female usually goes into heat twice a year, about every six months.

The Miracle of Responsibility

We have heard many people say that they don’t want their pet to be spay/neutered because their children will miss the miracle of birth. But you know what? Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth. There are countless books, videos and even You-Tube available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner, without sacrificing animals to do so.

It WILL NOT Make You Pet Fat!

Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds, not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food.

Fighting Pet Overpopulation

Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. The high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. SNIP is dedicated to providing a non-lethal solution to the problem of shelter pet overpopulation.

Avoiding the “Heat”

While cycles can vary greatly, female felines usually go into heat for four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they will yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house. Un-spayed dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so. Although it varies with different breeds and individual dogs, an un-spayed female usually goes into heat twice a year, about every six months.

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets, Inc. (SNIP)

SNIP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Idaho’s cats and dogs by reducing overpopulation.

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