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     Myths and Facts about Spaying and Neutering     

FACT:In 2008, GRRMF took in at least 4 litters of golden puppies that their breeders were unable to sell or give away. There are far too many unwanted pets already!


MYTH:
My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and donít give them enough exercise.

MYTH: It's better to have one litter first.
FACT: 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.

MYTH: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: Even if children are able to see a pet give birthówhich is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusionóthe 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 pets can save the lives of others.


MYTH:
But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and catsómixed breed and purebred.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dogís personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I donít want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets donít have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a petís basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
FACT: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesnít mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines canít guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet ownerís chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a petís (and her mateís) worst characteristics.

MYTH: Itís too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarianís fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time costóa relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. Itís 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, itís a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.

MYTH: Iíll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for all of your petís 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 yearís time, each of your petís offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.

Reprinted with permission from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Web site: www.hsus.org