PSA | "Spay/Neuter - Beyond The Obvious"

We’d like to provide some information as to the importance of spaying/neutering your pet, not just for the impact that it will have on the serious unwanted pet overpopulation, but on your own beloved pet’s health.

When: Spay/Neuter can be done as early as 8 weeks or 2 lbs. as long as the animal is healthy. It is no longer medically necessary to wait until they are 6 months of age and as your female’s heat cycles can start when they are as young as 4 months, having the surgery done early will prevent any of those “accidental” litters.

Where: There are many more options open to our community now, the first being your own veterinarian. There are also mobile clinics being held at the Humane Society (361-729-8186) twice a month. P.A.A.C. out of Corpus Christi (361-248-2009) offers clinics throughout the area as do The Cattery (361-854-6369) and P.A.L.S. (361-884-0366).

Cost: The cost of the surgery varies greatly depending on the type and size of your animal, especially if you are a large dog owner, anywhere from $50 to over $150. However, there are many low cost options open to the public.

Why: Now here’s the heart of the issue – “why should I spend the money/time/effort to get my pet fixed”? “He/she never goes outside, or is always on a leash”. “There are no other animals in my neighborhood”.  Our pets are animal instinct driven, despite being domesticated. Their priorities are: food, shelter, procreation – and not necessarily in that order. Your female will have that urge to make babies starting as early as 4 months old and your male HAS to follow up on that. Mother Nature has made that magnificent nose of his capable of smelling her from as much as 3 miles away and her being inside does not stop that scent.

It’s not just the unwanted/unexpected litters (do you have 8 friends who want a new puppy/kitten?) that is a reason for having your pet spayed/neutered; there are many health reasons as well.

Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

There are also behavioral benefits. Your spayed female pet won't go into heat. While cycles vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season (in South Texas, there is no season, it’s year round). In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!

Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

Your neutered male may be better behaved. Un-neutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.

All in all, altering your pet is the best solution to so many of the health and behavioral issues that are so common in our companion animals, please check into having your pet spayed/neutered early in order to prevent, not just those problems, but the larger issue of the killing of so many wonderful, but unwanted pets.
Shared by Deb Navin, Volunteer at the Rockport/Fulton Humane Society and Adoption Center.

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