It’s Time to Spay and Neuter Our Pets

Categories: Cats Health Care, Dog Health Care, Featured

In every neighborhood, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals going into animal shelters every  year. Hardly half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions. If you have a dog or cat that needs spayed or neutered now is a good time to get it done.  During the month of March Village Vet Animal Clinic in Broken Arrow is offering $69 Off Spay/Neuter(excluding cat neuters).



  • The numbers are staggering. Every year, 3 million to 4 million rejected cats and dogs – of all ages and breeds – are euthanized in the U.S. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.*
  • Only ten percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. About 75 percent of owned pets are neutered.*

* ASPCA 2012



dp_spay_and_neuter_Broken_Arrow_okWhat Is It?

To spay and neuter a pet is the surgical procedures used to remove the reproductive organs of dogs and cats. Spaying is the removal of the uterus and ovaries of a female dog or cat. Neutering is the removal of a male dog’s or cat’s testicles. These procedures are also sometimes referred to as “sterilizing” or “fixing” pets.


How It Works

Both of these procedures are performed by a veterinarian while the pet is under anesthesia. Spaying is generally a more involved procedure than neutering because the reproductive organs being removed are internal.

Although all surgical procedures carry some risks, spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed in dogs and cats, and most pets handle the surgery very well. Be sure to follow instructions regarding withholding food and water before surgery. Your pet will need to stay at the hospital anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on his or her age, size, sex, and condition, and the hospital’s policy. Also be careful to follow all recommendations for home care or aftercare, such as pain medications and appointments for suture removal.

You can spay and neuter a pet as young as 8 weeks of age, and many animal shelters follow this policy before releasing pets for adoption. Otherwise, the procedure is typically recommended for dogs and cats before they reach sexual maturity (at about 5 months old).


Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

One of the best reasons to spay or neuter your pet is to avoid adding to the problem of pet overpopulation. Every day in the United States, thousands more puppies and kittens are born than are human babies. The result is that there are not enough homes for all of these pets. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that between 6 and 8 million pets enter animal shelters each year. Of these pets, the HSUS believes that at least half—3 to 4 million—are euthanized, or “put to sleep.” Many of these animals are young and healthy.

Spaying and neutering also have immediate benefits for you and your pet: Your pet will be much less likely to get a number of serious health problems that can be life-threatening and expensive to treat, such as uterine, mammary (breast), or testicular cancer.

Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to try to escape and roam. Roaming pets are far more likely to get into fights with other animals or to experience traumatic injuries, such as being hit by a car.

Neutering male cats makes them less likely to mark their territory (your home) by spraying urine.

Spaying female pets prevents them from coming into heat—that is, actively seeking a mate. Pets in heat may vocalize more and may leave bloodstains on carpets or furniture. A female dog or cat in heat may also attract unwanted male canine or feline visitors to your property.

Some aggression problems respond favorably to spaying or neutering.



Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Infographic

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Kreg Atterberry is a writer of veterinary articles and the owner of Veterinary Marketing Done For You, a veterinary marketing company helping veterinary clinics and animal hospitals get found and dominate their local online searches.

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