Your present may be a female. If so, there are facts you need to know.
Female dogs and cats if uncontrolled can produce two litters of puppies or kittens per year.
Their progeny will start reproducing from about six months of age. Dogs may produce up to ten puppies per litter while cats up to six kittens.
If all the puppies survived and the females of the line produced 10 puppies per heat, in four years there would be approximately 400,000 dogs generating from that one bitch. Cats would produce about half that number. Most of us do not know 400,000 people who would like a puppy. The same applies to kittens.
A responsible pet owner should not allow this to happen. Animals are not commodities; they value their lives as we humans do. Unfortunately with too many pets looking for homes and not enough homes to go to, many healthy dogs and cats are put to sleep. For example in the US more than 15 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year.
Sterilizing dogs and cats not only reduces companion animal overpopulation, homelessness and euthanasia, but also benefits individual cats and dogs, their owners and society at large.
For years it was believed that the best age at which to neuter and spay animals was six months. No conclusive controlled studies have ever been done to determine the best age to neuter dogs and cats.
On the other hand, current research does show that spaying before the first heat prevents the development of mammary gland tumors.
There is much wrong information about spaying. Many people think that if a bitch is spayed she will become fat and lazy and will never be an alert guard. A male dog the same. Dog will only become fat if they are overfed and do not get enough exercise. If a cat is a mouser, it will always be a mouser whether spayed or not.
Benefits for Owners.
When a bitch is spayed there is no attraction for stray male dogs. When a bitch in heat attracts male dogs, if one of them is incubating rabies, he can infect the other dogs because of the fighting that goes on and even infect the bitch. When a male dog is castrated, he will not have the urge to wander.
Sterilizing animals makes them more affectionate and eliminates or reduces many behavior and temperament problems. For instance, neutered male cats are far less likely to spray and mark territory by urinating indoors. An unneutered female cat will come on heat in very short cycles if she does not become pregnant and this will be accompanied by restlessness and sometimes yowling, which is very unsettling for all concerned, including the cat.
What You Can Do to Help and Save Pets Lives
No matter how homeless animals end up in shelters—whether they are purchased from a breeder or puppy mill and later relinquished, cross breeds picked up from the street, or lost or abandoned family pets , animal shelters reach saturation point and in many cases healthy animals have to die.
The best that those who cannot find homes can hope for is to be painlessly euthanized by lethal injection in the arms of a caring person.
If you think that just having one or two litters won’t hurt anybody, this fact should change your mind:
According to the Humane Society of the United States, 10,000 babies are born in the U.S. on any given day. On that same day, however, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born.
What you can do:
- Please spay and neuter your companion animals to reduce overpopulation and urge others to do the same.
- Never buy a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store. Instead, save a life by adopting a homeless animal from your local shelter.
- Contact your veterinarian to make an appointment for your pet to be neutered.
Change begins with YOU! Spay or neuter your pet!
Summary of Advantages of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet
- Your bitch will not come on heat therefore there will not be unwanted male dogs coming to your home.
- Your male dog will not be inclined to wander to look for females.
- He will not be inclined to fight with other dogs
- Your female cat will stay at home and there will not be unwelcome suitors fighting for her favors.
- Your male cat will also stay at home.
- Female dogs and cats will be strong and healthy and not worn out by having many litters.
- You will not have to keep trying to find homes for puppies and kittens.
IT IS A WIN WIN SITUATION.
Choose a Veterinarian
Choosing a veterinarian is really choosing a partner in your pet’s health care. Scheduled vaccination and yearly examinations mean that you’ll see your veterinarian on a regular basis, so choose wisely.
Look for a clean, sterile clinic with up-to-date equipment. Ask about emergency care, hours and any equipment or terms you don’t understand. Ask what the fees are for basic shots and exams. Being able to contact the office and speak to someone regarding your pet.