See your veterinarian (phone book yellow pages) to have your pet spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures which prevent pets from reproducing. Both female and male dogs and cats are ready to be neutered at six months of age.
Females can even be spayed in season or in early pregnancy, but there may be some associated risks. Dogs and cats have no psychological sex drive. They do not feel any need to reproduce, and are happier when they're spayed or neutered.
It doesn't hurt when they're neutered...it hurts when they are not.
Benefits of spaying/neutering your pets:
- Your pet will be a more content family member - roaming and aggressiveness are often linked to sex drive. Neutered pets are typically calmer and more affectionate.
- Your pet will be healthier - neutered pets are less likely to develop certain cancers or be injured in fights with other animals.
- You will not have to find homes for the offspring - it takes more time, effort, and money than you would think to raise a litter of puppies or kittens for eight weeks, then add advertising and finding homes for them.
- You help all animals by not adding to the pet population explosion - more neutered pets means less homeless animals, and you won't have to suffer the heartbreak when some of the puppies or kittens don't find new homes.
The problem is simple...There just aren't enough good homes for all of them. Each year, more than ten million dogs and cats must be put to death in this country because no one wants them. Please take action! Be part of the solution by spaying and/or neutering your pets.