Spay and Neuter
Every dog, cat, or rabbit that is adopted from Midlands Humane Society is spayed (for females) or neutered (for males) by our veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Farrington. By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis. There are benefits, other than unwanted litters, for making sure your pets are altered. Currently, MHS is not able to spay and neuter pets that are privately owned. However, we can advise pet owners of area veterinarians that can help them alter their pets and get them in contact with a veterinarian to help keep their pets happy and healthy.
Listed below are some of medical and behavioral benefits of having your pets altered (courtesy of the ASPCA)
- Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
- Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
- Your spayed female pet won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
- Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
- Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.
- Spaying/neutering your pets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.