3 Myths about Spaying and Neutering of Pets Posted on Monday, 25 April 2016

Despite the huge number of strays on the streets so many people continue to ignore the importance of neutering/spaying of pets. Their reluctance stems from the following misconceptions, which we shall refer to as myths.
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1. 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.

2. 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.

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3. 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. Please consider spaying or neutering your pet.

Click this link for the rates.

CARA Clinic
175 Lopez Rizal St. cor. Samat St., Mandaluyong City
+632 5323340 /0919 5790047


Cute pets, right? They’re all ready for adoption!

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This entry was posted on Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 8:00 am and is filed under Featured CARA Animal, Pet Care, Trap-Neuter-Release.

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Michelle is a bookworm as well as an animal lover. She founded the CARA Blog Community in 2014 to help spread the awareness of responsible pet ownership to the public and to strengthen the group's online presence. She served as the site's editor in chief up to January 2019. She continues to blog for a purpose in various media channels.
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