Why Spay/Neuter?

Millions of unwanted companion animals are euthanized every year, which is a direct result of pet overpopulation. Spaying & neutering our own companion animals will help get a handle on this epidemic, as well as providing a great many other benefits (adapted from Humane Alliance).

Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet:

  • Healthier Females

    Spaying (the removal of the ovaries and uterus) is a veterinary procedure performed under general anesthesia that usually requires minimal hospitalization. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus.) Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids, and antibiotics. It also prevents breast cancer, which can be a result of malignant mammary tumors. More than 25% of unspayed female animals can develop mammary tumors in their lifetime. Mammary tumors can become malignant in about 50% of female dogs and 85% of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  • Healthier Males

    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat (surgically removing the testicles) prevents testicular cancer and other illnesses common in unneutered males.

  • Better Behavior

    Neutered dogs, cats, and rabbits can focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unaltered pets may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. (Yes – females can spray, too!) Male dogs may embarrass you by mounting furniture or human legs when stimulated. Aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering, although neutered dogs protect their homes and families just as well as unneutered dogs.

  • Avoiding the Heat

    While cycles can vary greatly, female felines generally go into heat for 4-5 days every 3 weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they will yowl and urinate more frequently – sometimes all over the house. Unspayed female dogs generally have bloody discharge for about a week (also all over the house!) and can conceive for another week or so.

  • Less Risk of Roaming

    An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury from traffic and fights with other males. Males can pick up an intact female’s scent for up to a mile away.

  • Highly Cost-Effective

    The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered male escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays… or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litterbox… or the cost of… well, you get the idea!

  • Good for the Community

    Stray animals pose real problems in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause vehicular accidents, damage the local fauna, and scare children. Spaying & neutering is the solution to the problem, short-term and long-term!

  • The Miracle of Responsibility

    We have heard many people say that they don’t want their pet to be spayed or neutered because their children will miss the miracle of birth. But you know what? Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of space knows the truth behind this dangerous myth. There are countless books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner, without sacrificing lives to do so.

  • It Will NOT Make Your Pet Fat!

    Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the pounds, not neutering. Your pet will remain fit & trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

  • Fighting Pet Overpopulation

    And last, but certainly not least, millions of cats and dogs (and lots of rabbits, too!) are euthanized annually for no other reason than lack of space and resources. Or, these animals suffer on the streets as strays instead. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

  • Disclaimer

    The Vanderburgh Humane Society Davidson Rausch Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic adheres to the standards for the Spay/Neuter Medical Care Guidelines developed in 2008, and updated in 2016, by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Veterinary Task Force to Advance Spay/Neuter.

    Our Clinic is the proud 24th member of the National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT).