On July 20, 2011 SCPN will hold it’s first low cost spay/neuter clinic. Applications to have your pet spayed/neutered are available for pickup at Triple F Pet Supply, 26 King St. Dryden, 223-3335.

Spaying/Neutering your pets also helps reduce the occurrence of certain types of cancers.

Thousands of healthy cats and dogs are euthanized annually due to the number of stray, abandoned and unwanted companion animals.

Spaying and neutering can reduce pet overpopulation to a level that can cease the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.

Every year thousands of pets find their way to Canadian shelters because there are more pets than available homes. Many of these animals are produced by petowners who are not responsible enough to spay/neuter their pets. Some of them believe they can find good homes for the young animals and intend to spay/neuter their pet after the first litter, but the vast majority of these puppies or kittens end up in a shelter. And for every animal that does find a home, the pet that could have been adopted to that home from a shelter is euthanized because no home could be found for him.

 

Dogs and cats are able to reproduce by the time they are six months old, sometimes even earlier.  Spaying/Neutering should be done before the animal is six months old.

 

Spaying refers to the surgical removal of the ovaries of a female so she cannot reproduce. Neutering refers either to the surgical removal of the ovaries of a female or the testicles of a male so they cannot reproduce. The process is also called “fixing” or “sterilizing” and is a safe and common practice performed with an anesthetic.

The surgery should be done by your own veterinarian or you may want to check with your local shelter or municipality to see if they have a spay/neuter clinic that provides low-cost spay/neutering. Do not let financial reasons prevent you from having your dog/cat  spayed/neutered. The cost of responsibly caring for a litter is far greater.

Several myths about the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats have circulated among pet-owners. Do not be deceived!

Myth #1. Only females need to be spayed.
This is not true! The reproduction process takes two and if your male is not neutered, he can easily find a female mate – either a stray or a pet whose owners have not yet taken the responsibility of spaying her. You may not be directly affected if your male pet is allowed to breed, but your actions – or lack thereof – will contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation.

Myth #2. Neutering will affect a pet’s personality.
The only hormone affected by the surgery is testosterone, which causes male animals to roam and protect or mark their territory. Males will be less aggressive and both males and females will be easier to manage when they are neutered; they will be more sociable and more likely to get along well with other animals and will be less likely to roam.

Myth #3. Animals become fat, lazy and unhealthy when neutered.
Animals become fat and lazy from overeating and lack of exercise; this has nothing to do with neutering. In fact, neutering allows for better health and a longer life for your pet and reduces the risk of infection and cancer in the reproductive system.

Myth #4. A female will benefit from having one litter.
Females do not actually benefit from having a litter before they are spayed. Having a litter can put a female’s life at risk from complications that may arise from whelping and looking after a litter is very time-consuming and expensive. Females go into heat twice a year for about 21 days;during this time they will have a bloody discharge and will attract unwanted male attention.

Myth #5. Children should be given the opportunity to learn about the birthing process and to take care of young animals.
You do not need to have kittens/ puppies to teach your children about the miracle of creating life. The lesson will backfire when you realize you cannot find homes for the young animals, and must give them to a shelter. It is a better life lesson to teach your kids to be responsible pet owners and spay or neuter their pets.

Myth #6. There is money to be made in breeding purebreds.
Responsible breeders rarely make any money: the cost of properly caring for a pregnant female, and the ensuing litter of puppies or kittens can quickly become higher than the sale price. In addition, the average pet owner generally does not possess the necessary knowledge to breed responsibly, which includes testing the dam and sire to rule out potential genetic diseases and to provide the necessary care and socialization for the puppies.

Roughly one quarter of pets in shelters are purebred, indicating that even purebreds are not guaranteed a home. Breeding two purebreds will not guarantee that the young will be like their parents and without sufficient breeding knowledge you could produce less-than-healthy animals.

Camille Cox

(most information was found at The Canadian Federation Of Humane Societies).

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