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Spaying and neutering is the right thing to do

As a good pet parent, you want the best for your “kids.” Of course, that means a warm place to sleep, healthy food, vet care and lots of love.

But how many of you realize that spaying or neutering your pet is another one of the best things you can do for them? The Humane Society of the United States Web site lists some of the great benefits to your pet by having them fixed, including:

– Spaying and neutering help your dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.

– Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.

– Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when she is spayed before her first estrous cycle.

– Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

If that isn’t enough to convince you to get your pets fixed here are some additional benefits.

– Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.

– Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.

– Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.

– Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.

– Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away or get into fights.

Most importantly of all, however, is that spaying and neutering saves lives. There will be millions of pets who die this year for no reason other than there is no place for them to go.

The only way to truly end the needless killing of homeless pets is to get your pets spayed and neutered. It is absolutely the responsibility of every person who owns a pet. Many people will argue that they find homes for all of their puppies and kittens, but the reality is that you just took that many homes away from pets who are sitting in shelters waiting for someone to come and adopt them.

Stay tuned for a later issue on the benefits of adopting pets from animal shelters.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the Town of Truckee Animal Control, in collaboration with several local veterinarians, offer a low cost community spay neuter program. If you are a permanent resident of Truckee, North Lake Tahoe or nearby surrounding areas, and you need financial assistance with getting your pet sterilized, please call our main office at (530) 587-5948 for more information.

Stephanie Hiemstra is the executive director of the

Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

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