Will my companion animal get fat and lazy after being spayed or neutered?
The truth is that most animals get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise. Your animal can and should maintain a healthy weight after surgery through an appropriate diet and exercise.
Isn't it better for my cat or dog to have one litter first?
Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
What about allowing my children to experience the miracle of birth?
Even if children are able to see an animal give birth — which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion — the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some animals can save the lives of others.
If my animal is a purebred, do I still need to worry about its offspring being killed in shelters?
At least one out of every four companion animals brought to animal shelters around the country are purebreds. There are just too many dogs and cats, both mixed breed and purebred.
Will my dog stop being protective if it is spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
Will neutering my male dog or cat make him feel like less of a male?
Companion animals don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change an animal's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
But my dog or cat is so special, what if I want a puppy or kitten just like her?
A dog or cat may be a great companion animal, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. An animal owner's chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a animal's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.
Isn't it too expensive to have my companion animal spayed or neutered?
The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the animal, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost — a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your companion animal and the prevention of the births of more unwanted animals. Please browse the directory on our home page to find reduced-cost spay and neuter services in your area.
What if I can find good homes for all the puppies or kittens?
You may find homes for all of your companion animal's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your animal's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of animal overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.