It’s Healthy for your Pet

  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
    Altering your feline friend will increase his/her life an average of 3 to 5 years. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years.
  • When your female cat goes in heat she will roam the neighborhood and be an easier target of many serious diseases that may be caught by getting in contact with tom cats. There are various diseases that can be easily be caught by bites. Because tom cats give a “love bite” when they copulate, if the bite is given with too much passion it could transmit deadly disaeses such as FIV and FELV.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
  • Sterilizing your cat or dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered.

Spaying or Neutering is also good for you

  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  • Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
  • Other than your cat meowing desperately looking for a mate, you will have to deal with the long line of Tom cats presenting to your door. An unaltered female cat does not need to look far to find a mate, her cries and her urine smell are sufficient to make her the most popular cat in town. Spaying your cat stops such behaviour.
  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
  • 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, run away, or get into fights.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.

It is good for the Community

  • In the Philippines there are cats on nearly ever street corner trying to survive; lets not add to the over animal population.
  • Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
  • Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
  • Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs.

MYTHS

  • Will spaying or neutering my pet cause it to become fat and lazy?

No weight gain is due to being fed more calories than the animal uses. Watch the quantity of food you give your pet. Also, older pets need fewer calories than younger ones because they tend to be less active and are no longer growing. Regular play and exercise, along with diet, are the keys to keeping your pet in shape. Neutering reduces a male dog’s desire to roam (often over long distances) to find female dogs in heat, and altering can somewhat reduce a dog’s energy level. Altering does not make dogs lazy. Altered dogs are as playful and energetic as intact dogs.

  • Should the female have a heat period or a litter before being spayed?

There are no benefits to allowing her to have a litter or to go through a heat period. It is actually healthier for your dog or cat never to experience a heat as it lessen’s the animal’s chance of getting mammary cancer and decreases the animal’s stress and risks due to pregnancy and delivery.

Research indicates that dogs spayed prior to their first heat have less than a half of one percent chance of experiencing mammary cancer as compared to an eight percent chance after the second heat.

Cats spayed after their first heat have a seven times greater chance of suffering from mammary cancer than cats spayed prior to their first heat.

  • Isn’t it a good thing for our children to see the miracle of birth?

Bringing more puppies/kittens into a world already overburdened with thousands of homeless dog and cats is not the best way to show your children the birth process. You can show them videos or even let them witness live human births on the internet. You might also want to consider that if you allow your dog to have puppies so that your children can observe the miracle of birth, you should also take your children to an animal shelter, so they can observe the sad results—the thousands of dogs who are killed every day because no one will give them a home

CARA has a clinic in Mandaluyong (near Ortigas Center) that offers low-cost neutering/spaying. Click this link for the rates.

CARA Clinic
175 Lopez Rizal St. cor. Samat St., Mandaluyong City
+632 5323340 /0910-7297026
clinic@caraphil.org

 

 

 

 


From 2006 to 2015, CARA Clinic spayed and neutered

14,011 cats and 543 dogs


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