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Why spay and neuter?

Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2000

Each day, 10,000 humans are born in the United States. Each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, millions of healthy, loving cats, dogs, kittens and puppies face early deaths as a form of animal control.

An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of her offspring, producing two litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total:

1 year: 12

2 years: 67

3 years: 376

4 years: 2,107

5 years: 11,801

6 years: 66,088

7 years: 370,092

8 years: 2,072,514

9 years: 11,606,077

Twenty million cats and dogs are killed each year, about 10 million in public pounds and shelters, the rest by accident, poisoning, exposure, starvation and disease. Most of these victims are the unwanted offspring of family pets.

Spaying and neutering your pet removes discomfort, distress and distraction, and frees your pet to enjoy time with you.

Health benefits of spaying and neutering your pet include:

Almost half of unspayed dogs develop breast tumors. Unspayed cats also are susceptible to breast tumors.

60 percent of older dogs develop enlarged prostates. Neutering lowers this risk.

Uterine diseases are common in unspayed females.

On the average, a spayed or neutered cat or dog has a life expectancy twice that of an unneutered or unspayed pet.

--Statistics supplied by Homer Friends of Animals.



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