Vets express importance of spaying/neutering pets

By MADISON SMITH

Reports have shown that spaying and neutering have reduced overpopulation of animals and also health risks. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians are speaking out about spaying and neutering your pets and the benefits that come along with it.

Studies suggest not spaying or neutering your pets could cause several tragedies, including overpopulation and serious health risks.

“One female cat or dog can produce anywhere from two through 12 or more kittens or puppies,” said Dr. Rebecca Banner, veterinarian at the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Group.

Dr. Banner poses with a spayed kitten at the veterinary office. Photo by Madison Smith.
Dr. Banner poses with a spayed kitten at the veterinary office. Photo by Madison Smith.

One of the main reasons people do not spay their pet is because it can be expensive, costing as much as 400 dollars. There are ways to avoid paying this high price while helping your animal receive the best medical care.

“There are many low cost spay and neuter programs available to help owners that may not be able to afford these surgeries,” said Banner.

It is important for pet owners to help regulate the animal population. When the animal population is out of control, many of animals are on the street or put into Animal Control. Thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized each day at these shelters due to the over population.

Emily Bernhard is a veterinary technician at the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Group. She explains the dangers of having a large amount of animals at the shelters.

“If one dog in the shelter shows signs of a disease, the whole shelter can be shut down and all of the animals could be euthanized,” she said.

There are varieties of ways to help control the cat and dog population. The act of spaying and neutering will stop reproduction. They also eliminate ovarian and testicular cancer.

Veterinarians offer many ways for pet owners to get their animals spayed and neutered. Many clinics have discount spay and neuter months because they know it is expensive. The positives in spaying and neutering out-weigh the negatives, so make spaying and neutering a priority for your household pets.

 

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