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10 Facts About Spaying and Neutering

  1. Between 3 and 4 million adoptable animals are euthanized in animal shelters each year simply because they do not have homes.

  2. Spaying and neutering dramatically reduce the number of stray animals on the streets.

  3. The terms "spay: refers to removing a female animal's ovaries and uterus so that she cannot reproduce. The terms "neuter" refers to removing a male animal's testicles so that he cannot reproduce (although the term neuter technically means the sterilization of either a male or a female animal, today it is typically used to refer to the procedure for a male animal).

  4. Dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered as early as 2 months of age.

  5. Historic records indicate that surgical procedures to sterilize male animals date back as far as 284 B.C. Such surgeries for companion animals back about 100 years.

  6. Spay/neuter surgeries will lead to a decrease in the euthanasia rate and increase the live release rate (the number of animals that leave the shelter alive) of animals. Research shows that each canine sterilization reduces shelter intake by .72 dogs, and each feline sterilization reduces shelter intake by .57 cats.

  7. Spay/neuter surgeries can only be performed by licensed veterinarians.

  8. There are many health benefits to spaying and neutering your dogs, cats, and rabbits! Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular cancer if done before six months of age.

  9. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering.

  10. Many unneutered pets have aggression problems and often mark their territory with strong-scented urine, which can make the household unbearable. Early neutering can nix aggression.


Spaying and Neutering benefit your pet's health and helps control the animal population. Please give us a call at (410) 633-8808 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

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