The position IMOM takes on spay and neuter is very well known. There is absolutely no reason it's OK not to spay and neuter your pets.
For years we have heard about the pet over population. That continues to be a problem. Our rescue and shelter friends can tell you horror stories about all the young animals who are homeless. Some have to die before they even know what it’s like to have a family and be loved.
While IMOM is concerned about the pet over population, there is another issue that deeply concerns us. It concerns us to the point that we are now sending out letters to veterinarians asking them to council their clients on the health risks for animals who are not spayed and neutered. Some are already doing that. Those who are not need to start.
IMOM’s mission is to help with financial aid to any companion animal in need of non routine veterinary care – and to also educate the public in matters concerning the welfare of animals. Because of our mission we have seen a lot of pets suffer, and even die, needlessly.
In this forum you will read about those animals who suffered needlessly. Some did not survive. They died horrible deaths.
- Behavior problems top the list of reasons for pet relinquishment. <a href="http://www.hsus.org/ace/11799" target="_blank">http://www.hsus.org/...g/ace/11799</a>
- Male dogs are hit by cars, or otherwise injured having "escaped" because of a nearby female in heat. Neutered male dogs won't run after a female in heat.
- 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.
- Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
- Neutering eliminates the tendency of male cats and dogs to "mark" their property
- Spaying can also prevent mammary gland tumors, the most common tumor in unspayed female dogs and the third most common tumor in cats. They are more common in dogs than in humans. A high percentage of mammary tumors are cancerous: in dogs, nearly 50%; in cats, nearly 90%. Once a cancerous mammary tumor spreads to the bones or lungs, the cancer will be fatal. An unspayed dog is 200 times more likely to develop mammary tumors than a dog spayed before her first heat. An unspayed cat is 7 times more likely than a spayed cat to develop mammary tumors.
- Female dogs and cats:~ The risk of mammary tumors for dogs spayed before their first heat is 0.05%. This risk increased to 8% after one heat cycle, and 26% after the second heat. ~ Cats who are spayed prior to one year of age have a 0.6% risk of developing mammary carcinomas compared with intact cats.
If you want to gamble, buy a lottery ticket. Don't gamble with your pets life.