If you care for your pet, and we know you do, then it is important to also allow a veterinarian to care for them. Your vet is the one who can provide vaccines, check your pet for ongoing conditions like arthritis and parasitic infections, and recommend medications to treat fleas and ticks. Most vet are very familiar with treated dogs and cats, and many will also treat rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and other household pets. If you'd like to learn more about veterinary care, then plan on spending some time on this website. It's a good resource for any curious pet owner.
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Most veterinarians and animal experts agree that spaying or neutering your pet is important not only for their own health but for the health and well-being of their entire species. Yet, there are still some pet owners who refuse to spay or neuter or who put these procedures off for far too long. In most cases, people avoid spaying or neutering not based on facts, but instead based on one of the following myths:
Spaying or neutering your pet will cost too much
Yes, there are fees associated with spaying or neutering your pet. But they are not thousands of dollars as you might have heard. In most areas, you can have a dog or cat neutered for about $35 to $400, and one spayed for $200 or so. (Spaying may cost more as it is a more involved procedure.) If these costs seem too high for your budget, then consider looking into a low-cost program. Most offer low-cost spaying and neutering services, although they do typically require proof of income. There may be some independent animal rescues in your area that offer similar programs.
Spaying and neutering will make pets fat
You might know some people with spayed or neutered pets who are overweight. But remember — correlation does not equal causation. It is not the spaying or neutering that caused those pets to become overweight. It's a lack of exercise and over-feeding. If you keep your pet active and make sure you are feeding them a diet that is adequate for their needs (along with limiting treats), they will maintain a healthy weight in spite of having been altered.
Spaying and neutering are painful and cruel
It would be inaccurate to say that these procedures do not cause any pain. There is a recovery period, and your pet will probably experience some discomfort during that time. However, there is a lot you can do to minimize that discomfort. Your vet will prescribe pain relievers to keep your pet comfortable. You can feed them a soft diet, give them a comfortable place to lie, and give them affection. The pain they experience after spaying or neutering is certainly worse than the pain they'd experience if they were to escape and get hit by a car because they were in heat or in search of mates. It's also worse than the pain of the testicular or ovarian cancer they could develop if not altered.
Spaying or neutering your pet is the best approach, and a few myths should not keep you from that. Talk to your vet to learn more about spay and neuter procedures.Share