Top 8 Myths About Spaying and Neutering Debunked!

Everywhere you go you hear a resounding chorus from veterinarians, animal shelters and humane societies: Spay or neuter your pet! At the same time, millions of puppies and kittens are brought into a world where they are unlikely to find homes, and perfectly healthy dogs and cats are euthanized for lack of space in shelters. Maybe you’ve heard some of these myths about spaying and neutering; read on, and you will see there really is no excuse for not spaying or neutering your pets.

Spaying and Neutering Make Pets Fat and Lazy

Just like their humans, pets gain weight when they eat too much and exercise too little. Spaying and neutering don’t affect your pet’s weight or energy level at all. If you look at your pet and see that there’s more of him to love, it’s time to think about adjusting food and exercise levels.

Spaying and Neutering Aren’t Necessary for Indoor Pets

Even indoor pets may get out of the house at times, and an unexpected litter may be the result of a night on the town. But preventing pregnancy isn’t the only reason to get even your indoor pets spayed or neutered: unspayed female dogs are more prone to breast cancer and pyometra, or infected uterus, and unneutered male dogs are in danger of contracting testicular cancer or prostatitis.

Spaying and Neutering Aren’t Right for Purebred Animals

Let’s face it: there is a glut of puppies and kittens out there, both purebred and mixed breed. One quarter of all animals brought to shelters are purebred. Unless your animal is very rare, you don’t need to breed it.

Spaying or Neutering Will Change My Pet’s Personality

Spaying and neutering do not change a pet’s personality. Every lovable quirk and annoying habit will still be there on the other side of the operating table. The only changes you may notice will be positive ones: male dogs and cats may be less eager to fight and more likely to stay at home without romance calling to them.

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