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Video: Why Spay or Neuter a Pet?

Not sure why you should spay or neuter your dog or cat? Learn the facts about spaying and neutering, what to expect and the truth about pet overpopulation from Dr. Gary Block from the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

Provided by The Humane Society of the United States and Knowlera Media, LLC

Spaying and neutering saves lives. Three to four 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’ve made wonderful companions, if given the chance.

Unfortunately, US shelters cannot save and support the large numbers of animals brought to their door every day. This is a tragedy that each of us can help prevent by having our own pets spayed or neutered.

Many people think their pets should have a litter before they are spayed or neutered and 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 lifelong 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 because they keep their pets inside but accidental litters can happen any time 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 come.

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.

Everyone can help prevent the tragedy of companion animal euthanasia by spaying and neutering their pets and you’ll be helping your pet stay healthier in the process.

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