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Spay & Neuter Your Pets
Do you love
animals? Like most folks in our community, I'm sure you do.
Unfortunately, every year thousands of unwanted pets are
cared for by pounds and local animal shelters including Wise County's.
The tragic reality of pet overpopulation is all too familiar
in our community. Despite
the size of the problem, each of us can be a part of its solution
- spaying or neutering our pets.
you spay or neuter your pet?
and neutering is good for you!
and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a
number of serious health problems that can be difficult
or expensive to treat.
and neutering can make pets better companions.
cats makes them less likely to spray and mark their territory.
a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle.
Estrus lasts an average of 6 to 12 days, often twice
a year, in dogs, and an average of 6 to 7 days, three or
more times a year, in cats.
Female cats in heat can cry incessantly, and female
dogs and cats in heat may appear nervous and may attract
can make pets less likely to roam, run away, or get into
animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems
than those that have
been spayed or neutered.
may make dogs less likely to bite.
and neutering is good for your pet!
and neutering helps cats and dogs live longer, healthier
eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer
and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, especially
when your pet is spayed before her last heat.
can prevent various reproductive tract disorders.
eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and decreases the
incidence of benign prostate disease.
and neutering is good for the community!
estimated 8 to 10 million animals enter pounds or shelters
estimated 4 to 5 million animals are euthanized each year.
stray/feral cat population is estimated to be in the tens
spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
and animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
pets and homeless animals may get into trash containers,
defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten
or anger people who have no understanding of their misery
and Neutering is
For You * * * Good For Your Pet * * * Good For The