Common misconceptions about spay and neuter

Shouldn't female dogs and cats have at least one litter before having them spayed?

There is no medical evidence to justify allowing a dog or cat to have a litter before spaying. In fact, spaying female dogs and cats eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the threat of mammary cancer.

Do animals become less active and overweight as a result of spaying or neutering?

As any animal matures, it is necessary for human guardians to adjust dietary intake to compensate for more sedentary lifestyles. Animals become overweight only when they are fed too much and not exercised properly. Read more.

Won't the behavior of my dog change, if I get it fixed?

The only changes in dog and cat behavior after spaying or neutering are positive changes. Male cats tend to reduce territorial spraying, depending on their age at neutering. Neutered dogs and cats fight less, resulting in fewer bite and scratch wounds and lessening the spread of contagious diseases. Male dogs and cats tend to stay home more after neutering because they no longer wander in search of a mate. Read more.

Isn't the surgery painful to my dog or cat?

Surgical sterilization is performed under general anesthesia by a doctor of veterinary medicine. The procedure itself is not felt by the patient. There may be mild discomfort after the surgery, but most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours. However, discomfort can alleviated with proper care. Make sure that your dog or cat receives pain medication - this may be offered as an "optional" service. It is worth it!