The excuses for not getting your pet fixed are many, but do you know which ones are fact and which are fiction? (Here's a hint: most are myths.)
Myth: My pet will gain weight if she's fixed. While it's true that some pets put on weight after the procedure, it's more likely a coincidence of timing. Your pet's metabolism was already probably starting to slow down, and her activity level may be leveling off as she becomes a little more mature. Too much food and too little exercise are the real culprits here.
Myth: My pet will feel less "male." Your pet doesn?t have a sexual identity and will feel no less himself after the procedure.
Myth: My kids should experience the miracle of childbirth. Most pets give birth in the middle of the night, tucked away somewhere they feel safe. And what lesson are you teaching them if you have to give the babies to a shelter when you can't find homes for them all? Wouldn't it be better to teach them concern for all life, and the real miracle is that preventing their pet from having a litter--or several--can save the lives of other pets?
Myth: My dog will be less protective. Dogs are protective due to their instincts, not whether or not they are intact. Your dog will not love your family any less or be any less protective than before the surgery.
Myth: My pet is male. I don't need to have him fixed. It takes two to tango. And intact male pets are not only at greater risk for injuries when answering the call of nature, they are also able to contribute more to the pet overpopulation problem, not being required to take a break from breeding for pregnancy.
Myth: My pet is a purebred. 25 percent of animals in shelters are purebreds. At least half will never find homes. And while we know your pet is perfect in your eyes, that doesn't mean she?s a perfect example of the breed. Breeding just because your pet is a purebred can perpetuate genetic issues in the breed such as hip dysplasia, heart conditions or eye diseases.
Myth: Spaying or neutering my pet is expensive. Compared to the cost of caring for a pregnant pet, any potential delivery complications and the babies until they can be adopted into their own homes, it's incredibly inexpensive. However, if cost is truly an issue for you, please let us know. We may be able to help or to refer you to a low-cost center in our area that provides only spay and neuter services at a reduced cost.
Reducing pet overpopulation and ensuring all pets have a safe, loving home is everyone's responsibility. Be a responsible pet parent and ensure your pet is spayed or neutered.