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Are Your Pets Spayed and Neutered?

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It's common practice in shelters and rescues across the country. Little marks made on shelter animals prove that they've undergone a very important surgery-- one that too few animals actually get. I'm talking, of course, about spay and neuter surgery.

What's it for? The surgery sterilizes pets so that they can't reproduce. In shelters, it's done to help reduce the huge surplus of strays and feral animals in certain areas. Feral cats especially are caught and given the surgery to prevent them from decimating bird and small wildlife populations, and causing damage to property

But why should your pet get "fixed?" It's not just about little puppies and kittens, although that's a problem in many homes when nobody wants to adopt the little ones. Unless you specifically have a family lined up for every offspring of your dog or cat, you probably shouldn't breed them purposefully.

It also does carry health benefits. Without reproductive hormones and organs, instances of testicular, ovarian, uterine, and mammary tumors are all but eliminated. Behavior may change, as well: female pets who don't go into heat don't become aggressive or act oddly at regular intervals. Male pets may not feel the urge to roam or spray and mark territory.

Always spay and neuter your pets. There's no real reason not to!