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Posted on 01-17-2013

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Spaying and neutering is the single most important step you can take to help solve his heart-breaking problem. It's better for your pet - and it makes a better pet for you. Let's shed some light on some common myths associated with sterilization.

MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.

FACT: Most pets get fat and lazy because their owners give them too much food and too little exercise.

MYTH: It's better for a female pet to have one litter before being sterilized.

FACT: Medical evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. We recommend spaying and neutering between 4 and 6 months of age.

MYTH: It's good for my children to experience the miracle of birth.

FACT: Even if they are able to see a pet give birth - which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion - the lesson children should learn is that the real miracle of life itself, and preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of many others.

MYTH: Neutering makes a dog or cat feel like less of a male.

FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. He won't suffer any emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: My pet is so great; I can't wait to have a little one just like her.

FACT: Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. An individual pet owner's chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of the mother's (and her mate's) worse characteristics.

MYTH: It's too expensive to have my pet sterilized.

FACT: The one-time cost of sterilization is relatively minor when compared to cost of producing and raising a healthy litter. Two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs - even more if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of unwanted pets.

MYTH: I can find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.

FACT: Perhaps. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats already in shelters who really need them. Also, in less than one year, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one  litter at a time.

So, please, spay or neuter your pets!!

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