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Happier, Healthier Pets: The Benefits of Spaying & Neutering

HAPPIER, HEALTHIER PETS: THE BENEFITS OF SPAYING AND NEUTERING Your pet is important to you. Make sure your pet is happy and healthy by having them spayed or neutered. Read below to get the facts on this safe and effective procedure. pets in the U.S. 1/3 ARE UNFIXED THE BASICS: SNP LA: The Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles (SNP LA) 90% AAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAA of animals entering SHELTERS ARE UNFIXED # of spay & neuter surgeries: 100,000+ That's enough animals to fill the seats in both Dodger Stadium and Angels Stadium of Anaheim. # of kittens / litter: # of puppies / litter: Estimated LA Populations: # of pets fixed by SNP LA # in the City of LA # in LA County Cats can have up to 3 litters per year and dogs can have up to 2 litters per year. Most litters are unplanned. 51,368 580,000 1.5M R.I.P |48,632 655,000 1.7M 40% Pet Overpopulation There is still more work to be done in order to of deaths in shelters are 6 months-2 years of age control pet overpopulation. The fewer animals that enter a shelter, the fewer will be at risk of euthanasia due to lack of a home. MISCONCEPTIONS: MYTH V.S. FACT There are misconceptions regarding spaying/neutering animals. To put your mind at ease, we address common myths with accurate facts. MYTH:I can't spay or neuter my pet until they're 6 months old. MYTH: It's expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered. MYTH:I don't own a pet. Spaying and neutering doesn't affect me. FACT: Spay and neuter procedures for your dog or cat can be performed as early as 8 weeks of age. FACT: Many clinics charge $100 or less for the procedure and have discount voucher programs. One surgery costs less than the annual cost to own a dog ($1,035) or a cat ($1,580). FACT: It does if you drive a car. 75% of male dogs hit by cars are unfixed; they roam in order to find a mate. WHY SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET? Health benefits: Improved behavior: How safe is it? Risk of breast cancer is 22% lower in dogs if spayed before the 1st heat cycle (5-6 months of age). Neutering males prior to 6 months reduces marking, roaming, aggression and inappropriate sexual activities. Surgery is always a risk, but the risk is far greater to keep your pet intact. Anesthesia success rates: 99.83% in dogs; 99.76% in cats. Spaying female cats prevents heat cycles, loudness, agitation and constant rubbing. 90% of breast cancers in cats are malignant and spread quickly. Best prevention is spaying 6 months of age. Average recovery time: 5-7 days Most pets go home the same day, and are back to their normal activities within 24-72 hrs. Pets become more attentive thanks to increased concentration. When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, improving behavior and eliminating overpopulation, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Learn more at Found Animals. • • • •, University of Wash-ington Math Department study •, humane soci-ety • • • %24

Happier, Healthier Pets: The Benefits of Spaying & Neutering

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While shelter intake has been decreasing nationally over the past five years, 90% of animals entering shelters are still unfixed. There is still much work to be done to prevent unwanted litters from e...


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