What is spay/neuter?
The word “spay” refers to the sterilization of female pets. The term “neuter,” while more commonly used to refer to the sterilization of male pets, can be used to describe the sterilization of either female or male pets.
What are the benefits of spay/neuter?
Spaying or neutering improves your pet’s health, reducing or eliminating the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. Because spay/neuter often reduces the tendency to fight with other animals, it also protects your pet from fight-related injuries and from dangerous viruses spread through bite wounds. Spay/neuter also reduces or eliminates spraying (marking objects with a spray of urine), yowling/howling, escaping, and other troublesome behaviors, including the inconvenience of a pet in heat (or a male pet reacting to a female in heat). And spay/neuter directly impacts the number of animals that lose their lives in our shelters and on our streets. Having your pet spayed or neutered frees up homes for homeless pets that are already born.
Pet overpopulation is the number one problem for animals in America. Some homeless dogs and cats just roam the streets. Others are killed in city pounds and shelters.
About 90,000 homeless, unwanted animals are put to death in Atlanta area shelters each year. Many of these animals are healthy and adoptable.
The best way to avoid the problem of unwanted pets, and the kindest thing you can do for animals generally, is to make sure that your cat or dog is spayed or neutered.
But surely my one cat or dog can’t make that much of a difference?
One unspayed female cat is actually capable of generating a family of 85 million in ten years! Besides, fixing your pet will make your life much easier.
Will spaying or neutering affect my pet's behavior?
Only in a very positive way! Spaying or neutering your pet can help some of your pet's behavior problems. Some of these problems include:
• house soiling
• marking, spraying
• persistent barking or meowing
• roaming, escaping
• fighting with other pets
• biting humans or other pets
• bleeding and other problems associated with female pets being in heat
Won’t female dogs and cats miss having puppies or kittens?
No...mother dogs and cats care for their young for a few months until they’re weaned, but then usually have nothing further to do with them.
I feel uncomfortable getting my male pet neutered. I wouldn’t want that done to me!
Your pet is not you. His psychology and biology are quite different. His hormones developed in the wild to produce as many offspring as possible so his species could survive. In our modern world, this many offspring only add to the sum total of unwanted pets who live a miserable life of suffering in an alleyway or field somewhere.
Won’t a female dog or cat be a better pet if she has had one litter?
No. Having puppies or kittens makes no difference at all to a pet’s temperament.
My dog or cat is purebred and I want to breed her at least once to recoup the price I paid for her.
Large numbers of purebred animals are destroyed every year in pounds and shelters. Until they all have homes, it is irresponsible to bring one more litter, even a purebred litter, into the world.
Will spaying or neutering affect my pet’s health in any way?
Yes, it will improve the health of your pet. Studies show that spaying a female before her first heat reduces the risk of mammary (breast) tumors or cancers. In males, neutering reduces the risk of prostate cancer in older animals.
How is LifeLine able to spay or neuter my pet for such a low price?
LifeLine Animal Project is a non-profit organization working to reduce pet overpopulation. By only offering spay/neuter services at our clinic, we keep overhead costs low in order to keep our prices affordable. We welcome donations to assist in our efforts!
Is my pet in good hands with LifeLine’s staff?
Absolutely! LifeLine’s doctors and technicians all have many years of clinical experience. Our veterinarians are fully licensed and receive ongoing training in the latest surgical techniques. Pain medication to minimize your pet’s discomfort and ensure a safe recovery is administered at no charge. We are the spay/neuter experts, and your pet’s care always comes first!