Spring is the beginning of warmer weather and longer days. Spring leads to blooming flowers, budding trees, and baby animals. In fact, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day. At this alarming rate, things can get out of hand rather quickly. For instance, one intact female cat and all her offspring will produce 11,606,077 cats over nine years, and one intact female dog and all her offspring will produce 67,000 dogs over six years? This week let’s talk all about spay and neuter.
Veterinarians perform ovariohysterectomy, also known as spay, on female animals and castration on male animals. The word neuter is most often used interchangeably with castration, but it is a neutral term used for either of these procedures.
- Spay or ovariohysterectomy is the removal of the ovaries and uterus to prevent reproduction. Although this is referred to as a routine surgery, it is major abdominal surgery.
- Castration is the removal of the testes to prevent reproduction.
Benefits to spay and neuter:
- Decrease the chance of mammary and ovarian cancer
- Uterine infections can’t occur
- No false pregnancies
- Female dogs are in heat and bleeding for three weeks
- Female dogs in heat attract male dogs
- Decrease the chance of prostate and testicular cancer
- Reduces roaming
- Reduces fighting
There are two main reasons why I promote spay and neutering.
1. It prevents health problems in both male and female pets
2. The United States has a huge pet overpopulation problem, and many are euthanized annually.
- 6.5 million dogs and cats enter the United States animal shelters every year.
- 1.5 million shelter dogs and cats are euthanized every year.
The cost of spay and neuter procedures vary depending on where you live, but usually, prices range from $100-$300. The cost of spay and neuter can be a financial strain for some people, but options are available.
- Ask your veterinarian about payment plans.
- Search for a low-cost spay and neuter program near you.
- Oklahoma offers a low-income sterilization program that is funded by the sale of “Animal-Friendly” license plates, income tax check-off provision, and donations.
- Friends of Guthrie Animals is a local organization that funds spay and neuter assistance to low-income families living in Logan County, Oklahoma.