Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top Ten Reasons to Fix (SPAY OR NEUTER) Your Dog

1. You will save thousands of lives. Failing to spay or neuter is the biggest cause of pet overpopulation, suffering and euthanasia. Over 65,000 is the number of offspring one un-spayed/un-neutered dog and their mate intact can produce in about 6 years if none of their offspring are spayed or neutered.
2. There are not enough people to adopt all of the animals that are being created. Your unwanted litter will most likely end up in a shelter where it has a 50% chance to be euthanized.
3. Your dog will be better behaved, and less likely to roam, howl, spray and jump a fence.
4. Your dog will be healthier and happier. Fixed dogs have a longer expected lifespan and will have less chance of developing certain cancers and other life threatening illnesses.
5. You will save money. It is expensive to care for unwanted litters and the medial treatment associated with unfixed dogs have more medical problems. Rabies tag/ licensing fees are much lower in St. Louis City and County for fixed animals.
6. Your pet will be less likely to attract unwanted strays to your home or property.
7. You will eliminate female heat (menstrual) cycles and the inconvenience involved. Heat cycles can last up to four weeks.
8. Spayed and neutered pets are more adaptable to your home and family.
9. Spaying and neutering is a simple outpatient surgery with a quick recovery.
10. There are low cost spay and neutering programs available. Available ones in St. Louis:
Barc 314 435-1819 or
Operation SPOT 314 995-8678 or
HSMO 314 802-5700 or
St. Louis County Voucher Program 314 831-6500 or 314 726-6655

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