It’s not uncommon to hear pet owners question whether spaying or neutering is the healthiest choice for their animal, when in reality leaving your pet unfixed is often what makes their life more difficult. Having your pets spayed or neutered will result in happier and healthier pets.
The OHS is proudly participating in World Spay Day for the third year on February 26 when we will have an even larger group of amazing and dedicated people working in our clinic to spay/neuter as many as 50 animals from the shelter and those in the care of our local partners. To help celebrate, we’re myth-busting five big anti-spay/neuter rumors you may have heard from friends, family or colleagues. Read on, share and help spread the facts!
Myth #1: My pet needs to have a litter/one heat before sterilization.
Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.
Myth #2: Neutering will make my male dog/cat less of a male.
Fact: Pets do not have any concept of sexual identity, gender or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality nor experience any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
Myth #3: It’s not natural to spay/neuter and will upset my pet.
Fact: The domestication of animals removed them from the "natural order" and placed responsibility for their care with humans. Applying human emotions to animals is neither realistic nor applicable when it comes to identifying a need for sterilization.
Myth #4: My pet will gain weight and become lazy.
Fact: Overfeeding and lack of exercise are the leading cause of pet obesity, not sterilization.
Myth #5: My pet is so special, I want a puppy/kitten just like her.
Fact: Puppies or kittens have little chance of being exactly like their parents. There are homeless pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet and loving as your own.
The facts are simple: Spaying and neutering saves lives. It is one of the most important decisions that you can make for your pet. Not only does it help him or her live a happier, healthier life, but it will save the lives of many others, as well.