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Facts of Neutering/Spaying:
Animals are neutered in order to stop them from reproducing. The terms ‘spay’ and ‘neuter’ are used to describe the process in female and male animals, respectively. In spaying, the ovaries and uterus are removed so that they cannot reproduce. In neutering, the testicles of male animals are removed so that they cannot reproduce. It is better that the pets are spayed or neutered at young ages; typically within 6 months for males and before the female’s first heat. This can reduce the number of stray animals on streets. This can also help to reduce the affects found in animals such as common types of cancer. This will help ensure that your animal shall live a long and healthy life. The procedure is not new, in fact it dates back to 284 B.C, when male animals were sterilized. About 100 years ago this procedure came into effect for use on companion animals.
Only licensed veterinarians can perform such surgeries. 78 % of dogs and 88 % of cats are spayed or neutered. When you compare the cost of raising puppies or kittens for one year, the neutering cost of a pet is minor. The unplanned litters between pets results in a high number of puppies and later on stray animals. We cannot avoid the enjoyment of animals. But the ill effects can easily be prevented by spaying or neutering. It is estimated that 3 to 4 million adoptable animals are euthanized each year as they do not have homes and are not adopted by communities.
Our country is overpopulated with unwanted pets. More than 0.1 million pet animals end up homeless in shelters as there are not enough people in the community who can or want to adopt them.
The shelters collect the animals from the street. These animals are either given up by their families or are simply stray right from their birth. These are born out of enjoyment between the animals. Neutering is the most effective and humane way to save animal lives.
Why Spay or Neuter Your Pets?
There are several benefits for you, your pets and your community. For one, your companion will live a longer, healthier life. Pets are stress busters. When you come home after work, they reduce your stress. And what could be better than when your companion can be with you for a long time. There are chances of breast cancer and the uterine infections in females which can be fatal. This can be prevented by spaying them. Similarly there can be prostate problems and testicular cancers in male pets. Neuter your pet and you neutralize the chances of such diseases. The pets get frustrated as they are resisting the natural urge to mate. They can roam outside in search of a mating partner and this may lead to them getting lost. The other animals may take to fighting with them and there are chances of accidents happening.
If they are frustrated they can also have the tendency to bite unnecessarily. Many unneutered pets have aggression problems. They can mark their territory with strong-scented urine and make your household unbearable. They have the tendency to spray, wail, mark territory or for that matter even make inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects. This type of behavior is different from that of ‘protectiveness’. The neutered pets will be more protective of his home and family. These pets can easily be trained and be happy with you if their natural need is fulfilled. This will also avoid the messy heat cycles in females and attracting those unwanted male animals. And you can also avoid the extra expense for food or veterinary care which can happen when there are unexpected puppies or kittens.
There are certain myths that people have with respect to neutering and spaying. These myths can be the reason pet owners won’t spay or neuter their animals. Many people feel that neutering their animal can make their pet fat. No, this is a myth. Neutering does not have much effect on their fitness. It is infact too much food with zero exercise that can make your pet fat. You should regularly take them for a walk so that they stay fit and healthy.
Some people feel that their pets are purebred and can’t be fixed. But purebred or otherwise, if not neutered then there will be the above-stated problems with them. Their off-springs can also end up homeless or in shelters.
People also feel that they like their pet and shall like their off-springs too. But there is no guarantee for that. Just as children inherit good qualities, they also inherit bad qualities from parents too. And you cannot keep all the puppies. There are so many people that do not like animals in homes. Pets are great stress busters and are part of the family. But few people realize that. Few pets get new homes and most end their life in shelters.
In addition, many communities offer lower licensing fees and other benefits for spayed or neutered companion animals.
Cost of Spaying or Neutering in Calgary:
The first and foremost thing is whatever cost it is, it is nothing when compared with the benefits. This is a one-time cost and for your pet – which is a family member. In foresight, you save money. There would be additional expenses if your pet mated and became pregnant. The actual cost of surgery will depend on the weight, age and gender of your pet. There can be additional vaccinations that your pet needs. To learn more about the costs, call us today and schedule an appointment.
Benefits for Your Community:
There are several incidents of stray animals getting into garbage cans, scaring people, causing car accidents and damaging property. Accidental or irresponsible breeding can contribute to dog attacks. Stray animals can kill or injure wildlife. There have been instances when stray animals can even kill or badly injure children. Communities spend millions of tax dollars every year to provide care for unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals.
Spaying and neutering surgeries are performed by a veterinarian while animals are under general anesthesia so that they do not feel any pain. An animal may experience some discomfort after the surgery, but most veterinarians will provide medication to help ease the soreness.
It is recommended that people fix their pets as soon as possible. Cats can get pregnant as early as five months old, and dogs as early as six months old, and each can have two to three litters a year. To avoid such things, speak with our veterinarian.