Spay or Neuter Your PetSpay or Neuter Your Pet

Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

Did you know that just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only 6 years? In 7 years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

The most effective way to stop the overpopulation of dogs and cats is through spay and neuter, which is reason enough. But spaying or neutering your pet is also the right thing to do for your pet’s overall health as well.

Unspayed female animals can develop pyometra, a painful and life threatening infection of the uterus. They are also at a higher risk for developing mammary tumors.

Neutering your male dog prevents testicular cancer and reduces their risk of prostate cancer.  A neutered male is also less likely to roam which lessens the chance they will be injured in a dog fight, hit by a car, or fall victim to human cruelty by others.  There is evidence that neutering will also help with certain behavioral issues including mounting and “marking” their territory, plus it can decrease aggressive behavior in some dogs if they are neutered before the age of one year.

Most veterinarians recommend spaying or neutering between 5 and 9 months old.

You can take your pet to your own veterinarian or for a low-cost alternative you can go to the Humane Alliance, a program of the ASPCA, located at 25 Heritage Drive in Asheville.

You can book your appointment online by clicking here. Or, for more information, contact the Humane Alliance at 828-252-2079 or visit online at www.HumaneAlliance.org.