THREE GOOD REASONS TO SPAY YOUR PET:

  1. Approximately 6-8 million pets each year enter United States animal shelters.  3-4 million of these animals are EUTHANIZED.  The majority of those are not euthanized due to intractable medical conditions or severe aggression, but rather because there simply isn’t space.  Eliminating the possibility of your pet breeding helps reduce these numbers.
  2. The risk of mammary (breast) cancer and other reproductive cancers is almost eliminated in pets that are spayed before their first heat cycle.  After their first heat cycle the benefit is reduced but still present.  By their third heat cycle any cancer-reducing benefit from spaying is lost.  Mammary cancer in pets is difficult to cure, as it may affect multiple teats and can spread into the lymph nodes.  
  3. Eliminate the risk of pyometra by spaying your animal.  Pyometra literally means pus in the uterus.  When a dog or cat continues cycling without breeding, sometimes progesterone levels increase too much,  putting the uterus at risk of developing pyometra.  Causes are not fully known.  This condition can be fatal without treatment, as the uterus may engorge with pus to take up most of the abdomen.  Your dog or cat can become systemically ill with vomiting, high fever, diarrhea, and lethargy.  If the pus-distended uterus ruptures, the resulting septic situation can rapidly kill a pet.  The best treatment is emergency spaying to remove the huge uterus, along with fluid therapy, antibiotics, and nutritional support.  The photos above show what a pyometra looks like on an x-ray of a 5-lb dog, and what it looks like once removed.  After the surgery, the dog lost 1.5 lbs.  Don’t let this happen to your dog!!!  Another point to consider: spaying a healthy pet may cost anywhere from $100-$400.  But an emergency pyometra and the medical costs afterward may cost $1000-$2000!
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    And if you can’t afford to spay and neuter, don’t get a fucking pet.
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    i assisted on a feline pyo earlier this year, that shit is weird and awesome in the traditional sense..
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    It cost $200 to spay both of my cats, $85 for my rabbit. I don’t recall what it cost for my dog (he is 13, my mother...
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