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Myths About Spaying and Neutering

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My pet will become fat and lazy.
Pets that are fat are usually overfed and underexercised.
 
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My pet's behavior will change.
Your pet's behavior will change for the better. Male dogs and cats will be less likely to roam and fight with other animals. Territorial spraying can be reduced and even eliminated in male cats.
 
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My pet is getting old and I want another just like him/her.
Every animal in a litter is unique. Unfortunately there will never be another animal exactly like the pet you have now.
 
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I want my child to see the miracle of birth.
Most animals give birth in the middle of the night in the place of their choosing. A love of life and living things should not be taught at the expense of innocent animals.
 
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I can find homes for all the puppies and kittens and make some money too.
For every animal you place, another dies somewhere else, unwanted and abandoned. Besides, the cost of responsibly raising a litter -- stud fees, food, vaccinations, and more will "litterly" eat up any profits. Breeding animals is not in the best interest of the animal or your pocketbook.
 
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My pet should be spayed after her first heat or litter.
Spaying your pet before her first heat eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the chance of developing mammary (breast) cancer.
 
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Neutering my dog will make him less protective.
Neutering your dog may make him MORE protective of your family since he is less likely to roam and more likely to stay home. Neutering also prevents testicular tumors, decreases the possibility of perianal tumors and hernias, and may prevent prostate problems later in life.