Animal Writes
27 February 2000 Issue
Top Ten Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

by [email protected]

1. Health

The risk of cancer is drastically decreased in a sterilized animal. Male dogs are much more likely to contract prostate cancer if they are not neutered. Female dogs face the same risk, only it's mammary cancer that'll get them in the end. The earlier you spay or neuter your pet, the lower the risk; the later you spay or neuter your pet, the higher the risk. If an animal is spayed or neutered before the age of six months, there is almost a 100% chance they will never get prostate or ovarian cancer, after the age of six months, the chances of getting cancer are greatly decreased.

2. Behavior

Your male dog cannot masturbate or practice family planning. The testosterone coursing through his body makes him anxious and unsettled. Some veterinarians even believe that intact dogs suffer from neuroses and this manifests itself by obsessive-compulsive disorders such as excessive licking, staring into space or self-mutilation by scratching.

3. Wandering

Instinct dictates that your sweet little homebody pet go out and procreate. The maternal instinct is the strongest animal instinct there is. Think about it, the survival of a species depends on the ability of the species to procreate, so the need to breed is built in. When we spay or neuter our animals, we are removing the hormones that feed into that instinct. The need to wander around the neighborhood searching for "easy" one-night stands is very strong in both the male and female dog and cat. Remove that need, and not even the cutest Burmese or Bichon bitch in a bikini will turn your male dog's head. And your female won't be out looking for the Leonardo DeCaprio of the dog (or cat) world!

4. Cost

Think of all the vet bills for all the health-related problems that afflict intact animals, the vet bills for check-ups and vaccines for all those litters of puppies and kittens, the surrender fees at the shelter for all those litters of puppies and kittens, the newspaper ads for all those litters of puppies and kittens, the hospitalization of queens or bitches in distress. You get the idea!

5. Senseless Slaughter

The billions of kittens and puppies, dogs and cats that are killed in our nations' pounds every year due to irresponsible pet ownership. In her lifetime, one unspayed female can be responsible for hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals. Think of it this way, using a cat as an example: One cat can have 2-3 litters per year. Each litter can be 1-12 kittens, each of those kittens can have 2-3 litters per year, and so on and so on and on and on........

6. Cost again......

Rabies tags are required in every state in America. The cost of a rabies tag for an intact animal in Palm Beach County, Florida, is $35, the cost of the same tag in a sterilized animal is $11.

7. Laws

Many states are now moving towards mandatory sterilization for animals at large. Fines can be levied and penalties are provided for females in heat wandering around at large.

8. Aesthetics

Ummmm, are intact male dogs really all that pretty to look at from behind?

9. Enlightenment

Your enlightened friends will see you as a hero. You will be setting a positive example for everyone else, and the folks at animal control who work in the euthanasia room will be very grateful.

10. Spike Lee said it all: "Do the Right Thing"

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