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Important Reasons To Spay Or Neuter Your Pet

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Important reasons to spay or neuter your pet
More than 4 million pets are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year simply
because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months old.
Help stop this needless loss of life. Spay or neuter your pet.

Spaying your female pet (ovariohysterectomy): Removal of the ovaries & uterus.

*Ideal age is 4 to 6 months *Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer *Eliminates unwanted pregnancies. * If spayed before the first heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1 percent chance of developing breast cancer. If spayed after one heat cycle, your pet has an 8 percent chance of developing breast cancer. If spayed after two heat cycles, the risk increases to 26 percent. After two years, no protective benefit exists.

Neutering your male pet (castration): Removal of the testicles & spermatic cord.

*Ideal age is 4 to 6 months *Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common tumor in male dogs * Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis * Reduces the risk of perianal tumors * Reduces roaming and fighting * Eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before 6 months of age or before the onset of these behaviors * Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases * Eliminates unwanted litters.

*Pets with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medication *

Common myths
Spaying or neutering your pet does not:
Cause laziness or hyperactivity
Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity
Reduce its instinct to protect your family and home
Alter its personality in any manner
Cause immature behaviors