Spaying and Neutering
The United States has a very severe pet overpopulation problem and Floyd County shares in that problem. You can make a difference by spaying or neutering your pet. Not only is this responsible pet guardianship, it is the law in Georgia that all pets adopted from a shelter be spayed or neutered.
Did you know that spaying and neutering provides multiple health and behavioral benefits? Such as:
- Prolonging life by almost twice the lifespan in cats and a significant number of years in dogs
- Greatly decreasing the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer or cysts (females)
- Greatly decreasing the risk of prostate cancer or testicular tumors (males)
- Decreasing the occurrence of uterine infections
- Creating calmer and more reliable pets
- Making pets less likely to wander
1. “My dog is a purebred, so it's ok if I breed.”
25% of all animals found in a shelter are AKC or UKC purebreds. Every day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country while only 10,000 people are born. It's simple math--there just aren't enough homes for all of these animals.
2. “My pet is a male, so I won't have any litters.”
These animals are a very big part of the pet overpopulation problem because they escape and breed with females in heat.
3. “Breeding is the only way for my children to see the miracle of birth.”
School programming, virtual computers or films can convey the same information in a more caring way. Visiting the local zoo or science center are also available.
4. “She needs to have at least one litter.”
Having a litter does not in any way improve or change a pet's disposition and can drain her body of nutrients, make her thin, and weaken her teeth and bones.
5. “Spaying & neutering is painful for the pet.”
Surgery is performed under anesthesia and animals are usually back on their feet and into normal activities within 24 to 72 hours.
6. “If I neuter him, he won't be as protective.”
Instinct is not affected by hormones. In fact, most pets will actually be more effective at protection after spaying/neutering, as they will have stabilized hormones.
7. “They'll get fat and lazy.”
Spaying and neutering will not make animals lazy or affect weight gain. Proper amounts of exercise are necessary to maintain the health of your pet.
8. “I paid good money for my dog, so I should breed in order to get my money back.”
Unless you have a champion dog and can enhance the breed line of your pet's offspring, you will not be successful at making money. Buying or adopting a pet is a commitment and should only be done for the good of the pet and not for breeding purposes that lead to increased overpopulation.