MYTH:"My pet will get fat and lazy."
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners
feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.
MYTH:"It's better to have one litter first."
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence
shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.
Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks
of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for
MYTH:"But my pet is a purebred."
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters
around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed
breed and purebred.
MYTH:"I want my dog to be protective."
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to
protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics
and environment than by sex hormones.
MYTH: "I don't want my male dog or cat
to feel like less of a male."
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering
will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind
of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
MYTH:"It's too expensive to have my pet
spayed or neutered."
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and
age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables.
But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time
cost—a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits.
It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring
the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another
two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary
bills and food costs if complications develop. Most importantly, it's
a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention
of the births of more unwanted pets.
MYTH: "I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens."
FACT: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home
you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters that
need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's
offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals
to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and
perpetuated one litter at a time.