World Spay Day is Tuesday, a time to start thinking about getting your pets fixed if they aren't already. During times of high pet population the Nebraska Humane Society stresses the importance of spaying and neutering.
Take two unaltered cats and let them and their offspring breed for 10 years. Know how many cats you'd have? Eighty million and that's a conservative estimate based on two litters a year, each producing 2.8 female cats. Dogs add up a little more slowly, but still by the age of 5 years a female dog and her female offspring can have produced 192 puppies and that doesn't include offspring from her male puppies.
There are other benefits to fixing your pets besides not having babies. Fixed pets are generally healthier because spayed females and neutered males are far less likely to develop cancers of their reproductive systems. By altering pets you reduce the instinct to roam, reproduce and fight, so neutered pets are easier to live with and live longer lives. In turn, if they don't roam, you decrease their risk of contracting diseases like feline leukemia, distemper, getting hurt by other animals or being hit by vehicles. This has the added benefit of not costing you at your vet's office or retrieving them from animal control.
Altered pets are also less likely to spray urine and mark territory. Fixed males are less likely to mount company that comes over while spayed females don't require you to deal with heat cycles. Altered dogs and cats also cost less to license.
So fixed pets are healthier, have fewer behavior problems and are less expensive, all sound reasons for spaying or neutering. If you need information on how NHS can help with low-cost surgeries for pets, contact the spay/neuter center at 402-905-3490.
The Nebraska Humane Society at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at nehumanesociety.org.