Thursday, October 30, 2008

Exciting day!!!

The Girl here. Just a quick post for now....

I am incredibly pleased to be attending a press conference this afternoon, announcing that Kamloops is getting a low cost spay/neuter clinic. The BCSPCA bigwigs are coming up, schmoozing will happen. We’ve been lobbying for a long time for this clinic, and it is going to make a huge difference in our community. I would do backward handsprings, but I’d hurt myself. So I’m settling for an enormous grin, and 13 Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet. (Dannan is very pleased, too!)

1. By having your pets spayed and neutered, you will help to reduce the terrible overpopulation of companion animals. In just seven years, one unspayed cat and her offspring can produce over 450,000 cats! (Average litter of three, twice a year). In seven years, one dog and her offspring can produce over 4,000 dogs! (Average litter of four, once a year.)

2. Your female dog or cat will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer, and eliminates the risk for ovarian and uterine cancer. Spaying before your animal enters her first heat offers the best protection.

3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat. (I don’t know why anyone would want to go through a heat season, personally!) In trying to attract a mate, the female cat will yowl and urinate more frequently (all over the house!). The female dog will often have a week of bloody discharge, and she is fertile for approximately a week afterward. While dogs generally come into heat twice a year, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season.

4. Your male dog or cat benefits from neutering, too! If he is neutered before six months of age, he will be protected from testicular cancer and less likely to develop prostate enlargement or prostate cancer.

5. Your male dog will be less likely to try to escape to go and find a mate. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, and once he’s free, he can be hit by a car or get into fights with other males.

6. Your male dog will likely be much better behaved, as well! Neutered cats and dogs are better able to focus their attention on their human families, because they are free from sexual anxiety. If a cat or dog is unneutered, they may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Also, when indoors, male dogs may mount furniture and human legs when stimulated. And importantly, many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering (preferably before six months of age).

7. It is a MYTH that neutered dogs won’t be good protectors of your home. A neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as unneutered dog.

8. It is also a MYTH that fixing your animal will make him/her fat. Lack of exercise and overfeeding make pets fat, not spaying or neutering.

9. Spaying and neutering is cost-effective. The cost of spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It is also less than the cost of treatment when your unneutered male escapes and gets into fights, or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box, or the cost of cleaning bloody discharge from your carpet.

10. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to witness the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized for lack of a home knows that this is a dangerous MYTH. There are many fabulous books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner.

11. A female pet does NOT benefit from having one litter before she is spayed. Allowing your female cat or dog to have a litter does NOT provide any benefits. There are health risks to the mother during pregnancy and when giving birth.

12. If you have more than one companion animal, they are more likely to get along better if they are spayed and neutered.

13. Even rabbits should be spayed and neutered! Check out why here.

Bonus: You will be a responsible pet guardian if you have your pet spayed or neutered!

Thanks to the BCSPCA and the ASPCA for these lists.

Dannan will post either later today, or tomorrow!


Eduardo said...

Mommy wasn't going to get me fixed but after reading that list she is going to talk to Daddy & see when they can make an appointment.:(
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

George the Pup said...

That's an excellent list Dannan's Girl - it really is so very impawtant! All my kitty siblings and I are fixed!

Sunny,Scooter,Jamie said...

We think it is great that you will be getting a low cost spay/neuter clinic! And we agree. Unless you plan to breed a dog (and our mom always had homes for them before any puppies were born when she still showed and bred. And she did not have very many litters of puppies either. Anone who thinks you can make money by raising a litter is mistaken. If you take proper care of the mom while she is pregnant and proper care of the pups-there is no profit. more likely you are lucky to break even. If you happen to have any problems with pups or momma dog, you are in the hole quick! Just thought I'd mention that!!)

Ruby said...

Hi The Girl
What a good post. It sure is a blessing to be getting that clinic. I'm altered & so are my kitty brother & sister.
Love Ruby

Dannan and The Girl said...

There are tons of resources about spaying and neutering on the internet. It's a very low-risk surgery, and you'll only have a bit of discomfort (and maybe a wee bit of pain) for a few days right after. And you may suffer the indignity of the conehead to keep you from licking at the stitches.

We are all fixed at our house. The Girl is just horrified at the thought of going through heat, BOL!

Thanks, too, Sunny & Scooter & Jamie. You've got a great perspective to speak from. We don't want to discourage responsible breeding, but there is SO MUCH involved in being a responsible breeder. As you wrote, finding homes for your litter (BEFORE they are conceived, ideally!), knowing about the genetic issues your breed is subject to, knowing how to breed to minimize the incidence of those issues... There is such a long list!

If anybody is interested in learning about responsible breeding, leave a comment and I'll send you some good sites on how to get started in your learning phase. And if anydoggy out there lives with one of those responsible breeder humans, it would be great to hear some of the things that you do to ensure the health and welfare of the pups and moms!

(I don't ever want to come across as though I'm against responsible breeders, because I'm not. It's the not-so-responsible ones that I worry about!)

Asta said...

That's wondewful news!!! will help so many aminals , no wondew you and Dannan awe excited!
love you
smoochie kisses