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The 10 Best reasons to SPAY or NEUTER your pet

10.  YOUR PET WILL LIVE LONGER: Spaying female pets prevents uterine infections called pyometra and breast cancer. In cats, 80% of breast cancer is fatal and in dogs 50% of breast cancer is fatal.  Spaying your pet before her first heat cycle offers the best protection from these diseases.  Neutering male pets prevents testicular cancer, prostate disease, and sex-hormone related diseases.

9.  YOUR FEMALE PET WON'T HAVE HEAT CYCLES: Female dogs have a heat cycle approximately every 6 months for their entire lifespan.  Female cats go into heat 4 to 5 days every 3 weeks during breeding season.  Female cats in heat are very vocal!

8.  YOUR MALE PET WON'T RUN AWAY FROM HOME TOLOOK FOR FEMALES TO MATE WITH: Male dogs will dig holes under fences and jump over fences in search of female dogs.  Once outside they are at risk to get lost, stolen, or hit by a car.

7.   YOUR NEUTERED MALE PET WILL BE BETTER BEHAVED: Unneutered male dogs can have aggression problems and inappropriate sexual behavior towards people or objects.  Unneutered male cats often spray odiferous urine to mark their territory—sometimes all over the house!

6.  NEUTERING AND SPAYING YOUR PET IS COST EFFECTIVE: The cost of spaying/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of caring for a litter.  Also if your dog gets hit by a car while looking for a female dog or your male cat gets in a catfight with another male cat you will have expensive medical bills.

5.  SPAYING AND NEUTERING DOES NOT MAKE YOR PET FAT: Gaining weight is due to exercise and diet.  With the proper exercise and the right nutrition your pet will have a healthy waistline.

4.  NEUTERED AND SPAYED PETS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET ALONG WITH OTHER ANIMALS SO YOU CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE PET IN YOURH OUSEHOLD.

3.  YOUE PET DOESN'T HAVE TO HAVE A LITTER FOR YOUR CHILDREN TO LEARN ABOUT THE MIRACLE OF BIRTH: There are plenty of books and videos available to allow children to see puppies and kittens being born.  It is a better lesson to teach your children to be responsible pet owners and not contribute to pet overpopulation.

2.  SPAYING AND NEUTERING YOUR PET IS GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY: Millions of dollars are spent annually to shelter and care for stray, abandoned, and unwanted pets.  Human health is threatened by dog bites, rabies, and other transmissible diseases. Roaming animals contribute to animal waste in our neighborhood yards and parks.  We can only decrease the problem
by decreasing pet overpopulation.

1. SPAYING AND NEUTERING HELPS PREVENT PET OVERPOPULATION: Every year millions of animals are euthanized because there are not enough homes for these animals.  Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you are not contributing to this tremendous burden.

If you can't afford to spay or neuter your pet there are resources for financial assistance.  There are low-cost  spay/neuter clinics, city vouchers available through animal care services, and care credit is a payment program like a credit care for your pets' medical
needs. REMEMBER you should prepare for spay/neuter costs BEFORE you get a pet.

www.carecredit.com

www.longbeach.gov/acs

www.goldenstatehumanesociety.com

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