Myths About Spaying and Neutering
MYTH: Pets get fat and lazy after they are spayed or neutered.
FACT: As long as you correctly monitor your pet’s diet and provide them with plenty of exercise, your pet will remain healthy and active. This is true of any pet, independent of spaying and neutering.
MYTH: It’s better to have one litter first.
FACT: There is compounding medical evidence that reflects that spaying your pet, especially before her first heat cycle, reduces or eliminates the risk of developing mammary tumors or ovarian and uterine cancers.
MYTH: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: Birthing in cats and dogs typically occur at night, so it is unlikely your children will witness the actual birthing process. Furthermore, mothers tend to prefer privacy while they are giving birth, thus watching the process may add unnecessary stress to the situation. An alternative you should consider is fostering homeless kittens and puppies for your local animal care center or rescue organizations. This way, your children can get the same experience, but they also learn the social responsibility of caring for animals and the impacts of pet overpopulation.
MYTH: My pet is a purebred.
FACT: There are networks of responsible, professional breeders that work to preserve the breed. 25% of dogs in animal care centers are, in fact, purebred. It is unnecessary for you to breed your purebred dog just because your dog is purebred.
MYTH: I do not want my male pet to feel less “manly,” or I do not want my female pet to miss out on the miracle of birth.
FACT: Cats and dogs do not have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Spaying and neutering does not have any emotional affect on your pet.
MYTH: My pet is so special and I want to produce more just like him.
FACT: It is possible for the offspring to look similar to your pet. However, when you factor in the new genes from your pet’s mate as well as the different environmental factors, it is virtually impossible for your pet’s offspring to be just like your pet. The offspring will be individual animals with entire personalities of their very own.
MYTH: I will find good homes for all the puppies.
FACT: You may be able to find homes for each of the offspring, but what about when each of them have litters?
Will each of those offspring be placed into a good home? The fact of the matter is that there are more pets than there are homes for them. Pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated with each new litter.
MYTH: Dogs are less protective if they are spayed or neutered.
FACT: Spaying and neutering does not affect a dog’s instinct to protect their home and family. A dog’s propensity for protectiveness is dictated by personality, training, and genetics – not by sex hormones.
MYTH: It is too expensive to spay or neuter my pet.
FACT: The cost of care for a pregnant female and her litter or for a pet that has developed ovarian, uterine, or prostate cancer is MUCH more than the cost of a simple spay or neuter.