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7 Myths about Spaying and Neutering your Pets ... Click here for important information.




Benefits of Spaying (females):

  • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
  • May reduce desire to roam
  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Benefits of Neutering (males):

  • May reduce or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
  • May reduce desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • May decrease aggressive behavior, including dog bites
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Additional Benefits:

  • Your community will also benefit. Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance, soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubbery, frightening children and elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.
  • The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.


OVERPOPULATION:


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 continue, there will never be enough homes for all the animals.

In nine years, a litter of 12 cats can produce over 11,600,000 kittens!

Dogs can produce 67,000 puppies in six years!



Kittens are born with no teeth. At 1-2 weeks of age, the deciduous (baby) teeth erupt. At 6 weeks, all 26 baby teeth are present. At 4-5 months, the baby teeth are shed and permanent teeth appear. At 6 months all 30 adult teeth are present.

Vaccinations

  • Distemper/Parvo - yearly after series of 4 (start at 6 weeks of age)
  • Rabies - Check with your local veterinarian or Animal Control Office

Earliest Ages to Spay/Neuter

  • Puppies:  4 months/2 pounds
  • Kittens:   3 months/2 pounds


Five reasons your aging pet needs regular wellness exams:
Age-related problemSigns to look for
ArthritisStiffness, limping, or trouble getting up, laying down, walking, climbing stairs, or jumping
Kidney DiseaseWeight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite, frequent drinking and urinating, tiredness
DiabetesWeight loss, vomiting, frequent drinking and urinating, urinary “accidents,” tiredness
Dental ProblemsBad breath, red or bleeding gums, plaque on the teeth, eating slowly
Behavioral ProblemsUncharacteristic aggression, vocalization, disorientation