Every year thousands of dogs and cats are spayed and nuetred in the U.S. When an animal is spayed/neuterd, it is sterilized and can no longer reproduce. Neutering is the process of sterilizing a male animal, while spaying is sterilizing a female animal.
You may ask, why should pets be spayed or neutered?
It's simple, there are just simply too many cats and dogs. Every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S, while only 10,000 humans are born every day. Shelters across the country are forced to euthanize cats and dogs due to overcrowding. In fact, an animal is euthanized every 2 seconds in the U.S. There is simply an over population of cats and dogs in the U.S, it is turining into a crisis. At the rate that cats and dogs are reproducing today, this issue could take a terrible turn for the worst. That is why animal shelters, humane societies, and animal lovers across the country are urging people to spay and neuter their pets.
Not only does spaying and neutering pets help stop the animal over population problem, but it also offers health benifits for your pets. Below are some of the health benefits of spaying and neutering your pets.
- Spaying can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer in pets
- Spaying your pet elimantes the risk of uterine disease and uterine cancer, which can be fatal
- Spaying elimanates ovarian cysts that can be very painful for your pet
- By neutering your dog, you significantly lower the risk of getting prostate gland or testicular cancer, also elimantes the risk of testicular tumors
- Prolongs the life of your pet
Now you may be thinking, how much does it cost to spay or neuter my pet?
The cost of spaying or neutering your pet depends on the place you get the operation done.Below are some price ranges for different places.
Humane Society or Animal Shelter - Neuter : $45 to $135
Spay : $50 to $175
Clinic or Animal Hosptial - Neuter : $200 to $300
Spay: $200 to $300 0r more
* Spaying always costs a little bit more because the procedure is more involved than neutering.
Thes prices are just ranges and differ from region to region. If you do some research you might even be able to find an organization that spays or neuters your pet for free.
Interesting Facts and Statistics
- 6 million animals are euthanized in shelters every year due to the lack of available homes.
- About 64% of animals taken into shelters have to be euthanized because of over population.
- In many cities across the U.S, there are about 50,000 stray animals each year that have no homes or no one to take care of them.
As you can see, there are many reasons to spay/neuter your pets. Just remember, every animal spayed or neutered means one less homeless or euthanized pet.
For more information and details on spaying or neutering your pet, call your local animal shelter or humane society.