Will my pet get fat and lazy?
Spay/neuter will not affect your pet’s weight. If you are concerned about your pet gaining weight, the best thing you can do is to give them plenty of exercise and ask your veterinarian about the best food to keep them healthy and active.
Isn't it better to have one litter first?
Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
But what if my pet is a purebred?
So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred.
Won't it make my dog less protective?
Spay/Neuter does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality comes from their genes and their environment, not from their sex hormones.
Will my male dog or cat feel like less of a male?
Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
But my dog (or cat) is so special. Can't I have a puppy (or kitten) just like her?
A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean their offspring will be a carbon copy. Even professional animal breeders who research generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics. This is doubly true for the average pet owner. If your dog or cat is truly special, isn’t it more important to make sure that they’ll be able to be with you for as long as possible by protecting their health?
Isn't it expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered?
The cost of spay/neuter surgery depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost—a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs if complications develop. Most important, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.
What if I can find good homes for all the puppies and kittens?
You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who also desperately need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.