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Why Spay or Neuter?

Benefits of Spaying Females

  • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attractedimage
  • Less desire to roam
  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats, kittens, dogs and puppies
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Benefits of Neutering Males

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
  • Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats, kittens, dogs and puppies
  • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Top 3 Reasons to Spay and Neuter

  • Georgia shelters are overwhelmed by the number of cats and dogs turned in daily.  This results in the killing of over 150,000 dogs and cats in Georgia shelters every year.  The best solution to this problem is to reduce the number of dogs and cats born each year. Planned PEThood believes affordable, accessible spay/neuter is the best way to reach this goal. 
  • Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase their chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometra, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
  • Sterilizing cats and dogs makes them a better pets, reducing the urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats.


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