It’s no secret Americans love their pets. In fact, there are more than 75 million pet dogs in the United States. That’s more than in any other country.
But despite our love for animals, there are still many myths and misconceptions around spaying and neutering our pets. To help clear the air, here are some of the most common misconceptions about spaying and neutering.
Spaying or neutering will negatively impact my pet’s behavior. Spaying and neutering your pet doesn’t have any negative impact on their personality or behavior. The biggest change you might see is that your spayed or neutered pet is less likely to get into a fight with another animal or run away in search of a mate. This is because they’re free from fluctuations in hormones. Male cats, once neutered, are also less inclined to mark their territory.
My pet should be bred because they’re a purebred. There are more pets available than there are families able to adopt them. This is true of purebred pets as well.
Indoor pets don’t need to be spayed or neutered. There’s no guarantee that your pet won’t get pregnant or impregnate another animal because they’re indoor pets. Your pet could get out, especially if they’re searching for a mate.
My pet is too young to be spayed or neutered. Male cats and dogs are mature enough to father kittens or puppies at six months, and female cats and dogs have their first heat cycle as early as four months. Vet services typically recommend spaying or neutering your pet between the ages of six to nine months.
My pet can breed if I can find good homes. There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find homes for all of your pet’s puppies or kittens. If you can’t find homes for your pet’s litter, many of them could end up in animal shelters if you’re not prepared to care for them. Remember that there’s always a chance, too, that someone willing to take a puppy or kitten could change their mind.
It’s important to spay/neuter your pets to help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of other health problems. Fortunately, spaying and neutering your pet has never been easier.
To start, all you need to do is make an appointment with your local vet at Brandywine Veterinary Clinic. For more information about spaying and neutering your pets, contact Brandywine Veterinary Clinic today.
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