Why Spay Neuter - Berlin sleeping on her bed

Why Spay / Neuter

February Is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

February is known for love, not that you need a special reason to flourish adoration on your four-legged loved one(s).

To me it’s no coincidence that this month is also National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and thus the perfect time to consider having your dog or cat spayed/neutered if they are not yet already.

Why not show your dog your love by helping them live a happy, healthier life while also preventing increasing the homeless animal population?

Why Spay Neuter - Berlin sleeping on her bed

Berlin, my gorgeous spayed girl, though her belly shows she had at least one before we adopted her at age 2

Did you know that cats/dogs have on average 4-6 offspring per litter?

According to http://spayusa.org, each day over 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the US, and due to overpopulation, more than 3.7 million animals are euthanized each year in shelters across the country.
You can help.

Aide in the efforts to keep shelters clear of unwanted puppies and kittens by spaying/neutering your pets and consider adopting a pet instead of buying one since many shelters require and perform spay/neuter procedures prior to adoption. Cost a concern?

Why Neuter Male

An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter will make:

Why Spay Female Dog

1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years
6 years
7 years
8 years
9 years

12 kittens
67 kittens
376 kittens
2,107 kittens
11,801 kittens
66,088 kittens
370,092 kittens
2,072,514 kittens
11,606,077 kittens

1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years
6 years

16 puppies
128 puppies
512 puppies
2,048 puppies
12,288 puppies
67,000 puppies

Prevent A Litter — Spay/Neuter Your Pets

What is Spay / Neuter

Neutering Is For Males

This procedure removes the dog’s testicles so he can’t spread his seed and make puppies.

Why Neuter Male Dog

Spaying Is For Females

This procedure removes the dog’s uterus and ovaries so she can’t be a momma (again).

Why Spay Female Dog


You should be able to take your dog home the same day and they often make a full recovery in a week if not less.

Cost A Concern

Spaying or neutering your pet is is often done through the shelter at the time of adoption, but if you’ve obtained your dog or cat in another way, this procedure can be expensive.

Since spay/neuter is currently the most effective birth control method for dogs and cats, there are typically free and low cost options available to the public no matter where you adopted your pet from, be it breeder, rescue, or a re-homing situation.

Live in Los Angeles? You can get more information at http://www.laanimalservices.com/general-information/spay-neuter/.  If you’re not located in Los Angeles, contact your local animal shelter for options available near you.

If you are undecided about spaying/neutering your pet, please take a moment to read the advantages and common misconceptions below.

Advantages Of Spay/Neuter

No Need To Roam

Spayed/neutered animals no longer feel the need to roam to look for a mate. They stay home and are less likely to be involved in accidents, like being hit by a car, and contract contagious diseases.

Reduce Risk Of Some Other Cancers

Spaying or neutering your pet reduces the risk of certain types of cancer that can be terminal for your pet, not to mention expensive to treat.

Reduce Risk Of Mammary Cancer

Dogs & cats spayed before their first heat (6 mos) are virtually assured of not developing mammary cancer, a relatively common disease in unspayed females.

It's The Law

In Los Angeles it is the law to spay/neuter your pets. Fines can start at $100. It is also cheaper to register your dog with the city if they are neutered or spayed.

Avoid Fatal Infections

Spayed pets cannot develop the uterine infection called ”Pyometra,” which occurs commonly among older, unspayed dogs and cats. Pyometra is a life threatening disease.

Prevent Increasing Homeless Pet Population

Spayed animals do not go through heat cycles* or have unwanted puppies and kittens. “Heat” is when female dogs and cats prepare for mating and pregnancy.

Eliminate Unwanted Behaviors

Spaying or neutering your pet can also help reduce, if not completely eliminate, undesirable and problematic behaviors like spraying, marking and fighting.

Heat Cycles

Heat cycles occur two times a year for dogs and last 2-4 weeks, up to five times a year for cats and last 1-6 weeks, and can start as early as four months of age.

Common Misconceptions

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