Myths & Facts About Spay or Neutering Your Dog

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All American Pet Resorts is dedicated to the overall health and wellbeing of America’s pets. There are a number of ways that All American supports responsible pet ownership. The primary one is supporting local spay/neuter programs through funding and education. We want to share some startling statistics with you that have been released by the Humane Society of Sarasota, FL.

  • In six short years, one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies.
  • For every one person born in the US, there are 45 cats and 15 dogs born.
  • In just seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens.
  • Every 1.5 seconds, an animal is put to death in the US because no one wants him/her.

There will never be enough homes for all of the animals produced every year. This is a sad situation for our precious gifts. As pet resort owners we hear common myths regarding altering pets. Here are some facts, which dispel six of the most common myths.

MYTH 1 My pet will get fat and lazy.

FACT Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier than those that are not. Both dogs and cats can be altered as young as 8 weeks of age.

MYTH 2 My children should experience the miracle of birth.

FACT Animals usually give birth at night when children are typically sleeping. A more likely lesson that will be learned is that animals can be created and then discarded as it suits adults. A better life lesson is to learn that by preventing unwanted births, more pets will have permanent homes.

MYTH 3 But my pet is purebred.

FACT So is at least one out of every four pets brought to an animal shelter around the country.

MYTH 4 Altered dogs are less protective.

FACT Altering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect its home and family.

MYTH 5 I don’t want my male dog to feel less male.

FACT Pets have no concept of sexuality.

MYTH 6 But my dog is so special and I want another one just like him.

FACT Offsprings are not carbon copies. Each pet has its own personality. There is no guarantee that your pet will be duplicated just like there is no child that is an exact copy of a parent.

Please, support your local shelter spay/neuter programs. Be a responsible pet owner by spaying/neutering your beloved family pet.

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