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The Importance of Spaying or Neutering

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared February 2020 as Spay And Neuter Awareness Month. Pet overpopulation is a serious and expensive issue, costing the United States over $1 billion, annually. Over 16,000 homeless pets enter LifeLine’s two open-admission Atlanta shelters each year. Many of these pets are healthy and adoptable, so we make every effort to find these pets loving forever homes. Help us achieve our mission and spay or neuter your pet!

What does "spay" and "neuter" mean?

The word “spay” means to sterilize female pets by removing their ovaries. The term “neuter” means to sterilize male pets by removing their testicles. These surgeries prevent pets from producing offspring.

What are the benefits of spaying and neutering?

Behavioral benefits:

  • Helps prevent animals from trying to escape their yards or homes to find a mate to reproduce with.
  • Stops house soiling and spraying, which is the marking of objects with a spray of urine.
  • Eliminates continuous barking or meowing.
  • Reduces aggression such as fighting with other pets and biting humans or other pets.

Medical benefits:

  • Spaying before the first heat cycle reduces the risk of uterine infections and diseases, mammary tumors and breast cancer in females.
  • Neutering reduces the risk of prostate cancer in older males.
  • Ends the bleeding from females being in heat.
  • Lowers aggression and protects your pet from fight-related injuries and dangerous viruses spread through bite wounds.
  • Extends pets’ lives by reducing the risk of the infections, diseases and cancers mentioned above.

Can my one pet make that much of a difference?

Yes! Unlike humans, dogs and cats give birth to 4-to-6 animals in one litter. Also, dogs can give birth up to twice a year and cats up to 5 times a year! Because they can produce so many offspring each year, it is important to spay/neuter your pet as soon as possible!

Spay or neuter lowers the number of animals that lose their lives roaming the streets and in shelters. It also gives pets already in shelters a better chance of finding a home.

Won’t female pets miss having puppies or kittens?

No. Female pets care for their young for a few months until weaned and then usually have nothing to do with them. Also, pregnancy can be very dangerous. Pets can experience pregnancy complications that lead to death.

Will neutering my pet take away his "manhood?"

The truth is that your pet does not become less-than because he is neutered. Your male pet’s psychology and biology are quite different than those of humans. His hormones make him want to produce as many offspring as possible so his species can survive. This only adds to the pet overpopulation crisis.

How old does my pet need to be before getting spayed/neutered?

We spay or neuter kittens when they weigh 2 lbs and dogs when they weigh 5 lbs. Young pets recover faster from the surgeries than older pets.

Is spaying/neutering my pet expensive?

The price of spaying or neutering your pet is determined by their species (dog or cat) and weight. LifeLine Animal Project practices high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter. So, we can keep our costs low to keep our prices affordable.

What qualifications does the LifeLine staff have?

LifeLine’s veterinarians and technicians all have many years of clinical experience. Our veterinarians are fully licensed and receive ongoing training in the latest surgical techniques. Additionally, we provide pain medication to minimize your pet’s discomfort at no charge. We are the spay/neuter experts, and your pet’s care always comes first! You can learn more about our veterinary team here.


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