In just the few years I’ve worked with the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo, the number of animals the shelter sees each year has increased from 10,000 to nearly 12,000. WE need to do more to help with the pet overpopulation.
Get this, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S. everyday. That’s compared to 10,000 babies born each day.
Every year over 6 million animals are euthanized in shelters for lack of available homes.
You personally can make a difference by spaying or neutering YOUR pet.
If allowed to breed, one female dog can cause the production of 67,000 puppies within 6 years!
Did you know that dogs are healthier when they are spayed or neutered? There are some diseases that happen less often in animals that have been spayed or neutered.
Spaying will reduce the risk of breast cancer. Almost 50% of unsprayed dogs develop breast tumors. Benefits to your pet after neutering mean that females have less chance of ovarian cancer or uterine infections if it is done before their first “heat”. Each cycle they experience increases the chances of illness greatly, as much as ten times each! Spaying early almost eliminates this risk. Uterine disease is no longer a problem after spaying. Pyometra, (an infection that can be fatal) and uterine cancer are no longer a risk. Ovarian cysts that can be sometimes very painful are no longer even a consideration after spaying.
Neutering significantly lowers the risk of prostate gland and testicular cancer in male dogs. Almost 60% of intact males suffer from prostate cancer, why not make the odds a little better? Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular tumors as well. Males who are neutered have less of a desire to roam, fight, mark and be destructive.
Spaying and neutering also prolongs a pets life. Almost by twice the life span in cats, and a significant number of years for dogs.
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This post was written by dwagner on November 16, 2011