Spay or Neuter

Why SPAY or NEUTER your Pet?Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, millions of healthy, loving cats, dogs, kittens and puppies face early deaths as a form of animal control. Others are left to fend for themselves against automobiles, the elements, animals and cruel humans. One female dog and her offspring can produce more than 4,000 offspring in only 7 years. And for cats, that number is more like 400,000! Unfortunately, only one puppy or kitten of every nine born will find homes. The rest will likely be euthanized. So what can you do?


But besides doing something to curb pet overpopulation, having your dog or cat spayed offers several key health benefits for the animal. Spaying your female before her first estrous cycle, or "heat," greatly reduces her chances of developing breast cancer and eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancers. Though many human males cringe at the mere mention of the word, neutering a male dog is the No. 1 thing people can do to increase a dog's longevity. Why? Un-neutered males are constantly roaming looking for intact females to breed. About 80 percent of dogs hit by vehicles every year are un-neutered males. Neutering your dog or cat decreases his urge to wander and increases his chances of living a longer, healthier life. And that is only the tip of the iceberg for good reasons to neuter your dog. Testicular cancer and prostate problems commonly afflict un-neutered male dogs, and neutered males are far less aggressive because they are less territorial. A neutered dog (male or female), will be easier to obedience train because they are no longer concerned about searching for the opposite sex. Their focus will now be on you! Neutered pets are calmer and more affectionate. Even if you have an adult dog or cat, it is never too late to spay or neuter. The health benefits decrease the longer you wait, but a little benefit is better than none at all.

Neutering is a surgical procedure which prevents pets from reproducing. In females, the ovaries and uterus are removed. In males, the testicles are removed. In most cases, we recommend spaying or neutering your pet between the ages of 4 and 6 months -- PRIOR to going into heat (female) or beginning puberty (male). While females can be spayed while they are in heat (or in season), because it is a more difficult surgery with more risk to the dog, it is preferred to wait until she is out of heat before performing the surgery.

Remember, dogs and cats have NO psychological sex drive. They wander, looking for the opposite sex, due to the effect of the hormones in their body. They do not feel any need to reproduce, and are happier when they are neutered.

But I just want to have ONE litter!

Many pet owners think that "just one litter" may sound like a good idea - until you consider what adding 12 puppies to your family really means. If you have puppies, you alone are responsible for that litter. Can you guarantee quality homes for 2 to 12 puppies? If not, are you prepared to have more than just one dog if you can’t find homes for them all? Have you thought about the cost of veterinary care - check ups, vaccinations, deworming, and removal of dewclaws? And that's if they all stay healthy! What if the puppies become ill? Besides that, there are the inherent risks of pregnancy and giving birth, just as in a human pregnancy. The puppies may need substantial veterinary care and the mother may need a cesarean section. This all adds up to a big investment in your time and money. Be prepared for this investment and do not enter into the decision to have puppies or kittens lightly. If you are only having the litter to allow your children to experience the miracle of birth, PLEASE rent a video instead!