Dr. Gary Block: Hi! I am Dr. Gary Block, and I am with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and also Co-owner of Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich Island. Today I am discussing exactly why it's important to have your pets spayed or neutered.
Spaying and neutering saves lives. 3 to 4 million homeless cats and dogs are euthanized every year in the United States. These animals are just as loving, playful, and loyal as your own and would have made wonderful companions if given the chance. Unfortunately, US shelters cannot save and support the large numbers of animals brought to their door everyday. This is a tragedy that each of us can help prevent by having our own pets spayed or neutered.
Many people think their pet should have a litter before they are spayed and neutered, that they will be able to find homes for the litter. There are no proven medical benefits to allowing a female dog or cat to have a litter prior to spaying them. Finding life long homes for these kittens and puppies can prove more difficult than people realize, and every new litter has an impact on the number of homeless pets in your community.
Some people think they don't need to spay or neuter their pets because they keep their pets inside. But accidental litters can happen anytime your pet slips under the fence or darts out the door. It only takes a very short while for this to happen. Unexpected litters can account for a huge number of homeless pets in the community who end up lonely and suffering on the streets and sitting in shelters, waiting for a home which may never some.
Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will often prevent some serious medical problems that can occur in animals, such as some types of cancers and infections. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian about the potential medical benefits spaying or neutering may provide your pet.
Every one can help prevent the tragedy of companion animal euthanasia by spaying and neutering their pets and you'll be helping your pets stay healthier in the process.