To Spay or Not To Spay?

If you have a puppy or kitten, you may be wondering whether to have your pet spayed or not. So let’s look at some facts.

If you have a puppy that you have decided to breed, then you obviously want to wait to have your pet spayed. Your puppy will go into its first heat at about six months. You will need to be prepared with diapers. Yes, diapers … they make special ones for dogs. Otherwise, your carpets and upholstery could be destroyed. You also want to make sure you keep your dog leashed while she is in heat and not take her to a dog park where any male dog could impregnate her. You want a specific dog to impregnate her and maybe not during her first heat. After she has been bred however many times you want to breed her, it is best to get her spayed. Spaying has been shown to elongate the life of your pet.

If you have a puppy that you do not intend to breed, you should get her spayed as soon as possible. Even if you keep her on a leash, you do not want to go through heats with her. They can be messy. Also, spaying will elongate the life of your pet and ward off many diseases.

If you have a kitten, I suggest getting her spayed as soon as possible. She will have her first heat at 3 months old and can be impregnated many times over after that, which means a lot of kittens for you. There are already enough cats in this world without homes. Just as spaying your dog elongates their life and wards off many diseases, the same is true for cats. Some people do breed their cats, and if that is what you want to do, just make sure you do not let your kitten or cat run loose at any time, where it can be impregnated by any male cat. Because if you want to breed your cat, I’m guessing you want a purebred not a mixed breed. Purebreds can be sold for money. Mixed breeds often have to be given away and you never know what kind of home they are going to. Once you’re done breeding your cat, get it spayed to help elongate its life.

If you are worried that you cannot afford to get your pet spayed, there are many clinics and pet stores that do it for a reduced cost and there is a spay and neuter day each year where the services are often offered for free or at a very low cost. Check with your local Humane Society or Pet Shelter for vets in your area that offer reduced-cost spaying.

Spaying has been proven to ward off diseases in your pet and to elongate their life. It is an easy procedure that often makes your pet more agreeable and docile. So, in the long run, I think it is best to have your pet spayed.

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