Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unsterilized, unsupervised males roam in search of a mate, risking injury in traffic and in fights with other males. Males mark territory by spraying strong-smelling urine on surfaces. Don’t confuse aggressiveness with protectiveness; a neutered dog will protect his home and family just as well as an unneutered dog, and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering. Neutering a male cat or dog before six months of age prevents testicular cancer, prostate disease, and hernias.Females:
While their cycles vary greatly, most female cats exhibit the following signs when in heat. For 4-5 days, every 2-3 weeks, they yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house—advertising for mates. Female dogs in heat attract males from great distances. Female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week and can conceive for another week or so. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (a pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer; having this done before the first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 30–50 percent of female dogs and 80–90 percent of female cats.Our Responsibility:
Each year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized (killed) at shelters across the country. Although pet behavioral problems are the main reasons animals are given to shelters, many orphans are the result of accidental breeding by free-roaming, unaltered pets. The more pets there are that spayed or neutered, the fewer dogs and cats will have to be destroyed.