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Mar 09 2013

Why Spay or Neuter?

March 9, 2013

Why Spay or Neuter?

I ALWAYS recommend spaying and neutering pets. Why? Because the harsh reality is that there are WAY too many dogs and cats than there are homes for them. Did you know that in 7 years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats! WOW! And in 6 years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs! WOW oh WOW! It’s no wonder that we have an over-population problem. The only solution is spaying and neutering our pets. The most common reason that I hear from people who elect to either not spay or “let her have one litter” is because they want their dog to experience the miracle of birth.  Is the experience really worth the incredible number of offspring she could produce and the huge problem they will create? I think not!

Each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States, 27 million dogs and cats are born in the US. It is estimated that between 5 and 10 million are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them. There is a pretty straight forward solution to this, don’t let your pet become a parent! Call us to find out about spaying and neutering your pet. It is an out-patient procedure, they don’t have to spend the night! They will receive pain medication and we can do pre-anesthetic blood work to be sure they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. For those who want to do everything to minimize their pet’s pain I can use a laser instead of a scalpel to make the incisions which decreases bleeding, pain and post-operative swelling. Plus, we have a terrific surgical monitor that helps keep your pet safe while under anesthesia. Don’t let anything keep you from helping to decrease pet-overpopulation, not even fear of your pet’s safety. And seriously, the birthing experience is not that wonderful! If I could have gotten Ethan from a stork I would have SO traded in the birthing process!

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