You decide to adopt a new puppy or kitten and it is so cute but what you may not know is that one single animal can reproduce into so many that there very well may just not be enough homes for. Then what… that poor little puppy or kitten with have to pay the price for no room. They will be euthanized. It is a sad fact but still a fact. Spaying or neutering in the Savannah area can be done at any local veterinarians office or through SNAC in Ridgeland, South Carolina. SNAC offers many pick-up and drop-off locations throughout Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, Bulloch, Evans and even Liberty counties in Georgia.
There is one very important way that new pet owners can help break that cycle and that is to be a responsible pet owner and have their pet spayed or neutered. As per PETA, “Spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!”
Per the ASPCA, Approximate numbers, courtesy of Stephen Zawistowski, Executive Vice President, National Programs and Science Advisor at the ASPCA show roughly 6,630,000 cats born in homes each year, roughly 18,165 per day. This number does NOT include feral cat births; you can increase this number by 30 to 50 percent to estimate feral cat births. There are roughly 6,040,000 dogs born in homes each year, roughly 16,559 per day
There are benefits to spaying or neutering your pets as follows:
- Females do not go into heat therefore males will not be attracted to them.
- Males will reduce or eliminate their desire to mark their territory
- Both will not have the desire to roam, which keeps them safer at home.
- Reduces the chance of different types of reproductive organ cancers for both males and females.
- Helps dog and cats live longer lives
- Decreases aggressive behavior in dogs including dog bites
Some common myths about getting your pet spayed or neutered:
- Pets gaining weight after being altered – Pets gain weight from lack of exercise and overfeeding. They do not gain weight from being altered.
- The surgery is dangerous and too painful for my pet – Spaying and neutering is the most common form of surgery performed on animals compared to any other surgery. They have it down to a science and provide the best care and pain management for that animal for them to recover fast.
- By altering my pet it will change their personality – Just because a pet has been altered does not change the way your pet reacts to life. At best if your dog was starting to be aggressive, withdrawn, and always trying to get out and roam; it would be more calm and outgoing while wanting to be at home with their pet owner. This behavior is better.
- Females should go through one heat cycle before being spayed – This can actually cause more concern for a risk of developing cancer in her mammary glands or even a uterine infection called pyrometra. It is better to spay before a heat cycle to ensure a longer and healthier life.
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