Spay and neuter your pets and the strays in your area! In addition to saving lives, spaying and neutering can also drastically improve your dog's health and life expectancy. Sterilized animals lead healthier, longer lives. Spaying a female eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors. Neutering a male reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Neutering will also make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get into fights, or get lost.
SPAYING OR NEUTERING INCREASES YOUR PET'S CHANCES FOR A LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE
Spaying a female before her first estrous cycle (ie. before she reaches sexual maturity) greatly reduces her chances of developing mammary tumors and completely eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer and uterine infection, which are common occurrences in unaltered females.
Neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular tumors and may prevent prostate problems. Neutering also decreases the possibility of perianal tumors and hernias, which are commonly observed in older, unaltered dogs.
Neutered early in life, males are less aggressive toward other males and are not distracted by females in heat.
While their cycles vary greatly, for 4 or 5 days, every 3 weeks during breeding season, females yowl and urinate more frequently - sometimes all over the place/house, advertising for mates. They also attract males from great distances. Female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so.
Spaying prevents your pet from giving birth to unwanted puppies or kittens.
Almost everyone loves puppies and kittens, but most people lose interest when these animals grow up. As a result, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer the life of a stray. Many of these are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. Rarely surviving for more than a few years on their own, strays die painfully because of starvation, disease, freezing or being hit by cars.