Spay and Neuter ~ it's the right thing to do!

At IMOM we very strongly advocate spay and neuter. As an organization that has been providing financial aid for emergency veterinary care since 1998 we have seen our share of illness, death and heartbreak when a beloved pet is diagnosed with something that could have been prevented if they had been spayed or neutered.

Simply stated - spay and neuter is the right thing to do. We believe that if you love your pet and want to give them the best chance at having a long and healthy life, you will make the right decision and have them spayed and neutered.

Be informed - get the facts

IMOM would like for everyone to know that any time your pet goes under anesthesia or has surgery there is a certain amount of risk. Be sure to discuss this issue with your veterinarian.

At IMOM we want you to all understand the health risks for intact animals. We also want to let you know that the issue of s/n is becoming some what controversial. For that reason we will attempt to show both sides as presented by veterinary professionals and our own case history. While we certainly do not mean to discredit any of the authors who have written excellent material on this issue - we simply feel it is best presented by the veterinary industry and actual IMOM case history for emergency cases.

5 indisputable facts

  1. From 1998 through Dec. 2009, 3.89% of the pets IMOM helped through our Financial Aid General Fund had illnesses that absolutely could have been prevented if the pet had been spayed or neutered.

    Do the math. There were 1542 cases total. 60 of them were absolutely due to the pets not being spayed or neutered. 60 is 3.89% of 1542.

  2. From 1998 through Dec. 2009 IMOM has never received an application to help a pet because they HAD been spayed or neutered.

  3. The average cost of a spay for a healthy female is $125. The average cost for a spay when a female has pyometra is $1500.

    The average cost for a neuter in a healthy male is $100.
    The average cost of a neuter when a male has cancer of the scrotum is $1200.

  4. There are entirely too many homeless pets and too many are euthanized in shelters because they have no place to go. They were born into this world unwanted and unloved.

  5. Too many precious animals suffer and even die from health conditions that would have been avoided had they been spayed or neutered. Their caretakers simply didn't know.

To help you make an informed decision, when I began working on these pages my plan was to link to as many articles as I could find that advised to spay and neuter or to not spay and neuter. I had been told there were articles written by veterinary professionals that advocate spay and neuter as well as articles advising against spay and neuter.

I was unable to find any articles written by veterinary professionals who advise against spay and neuter -- although I found a lot who were advocating for spay and neuter.

A friend who is an assistant professor at U of PA suggested the articles provided for download below.

Although both titles seem to imply they pertain to the proper age to spay and neuter, they cover all aspects of spay and neuter including the potential health risks for intact animals as well as spay and neuter animals.

Please read both of these articles so you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you should have your pets spayed and neutered. If you have questions, print the articles and take them to your vet to ask for an explanation.

  1. Determining the optimal age for gonadectomy in dogs and cats.

    Written by Margaret Root-Kustritz, DVM, PhD
    University of Minnesota.

    "The objective for the information here is to provide a review of the scientific evidence, which could be used by veterinarians to counsel clients appropriately on this issue."

    Click to download and read the full article.

  2. Determining the best age at which to spay or neuter: an evidence based analysis.

    Written by Margaret Root-Kustritz, DVM, PhD
    University of Minnesota.

    "This paper is a review of what has been demonstrated in the veterinary literature regarding effects of gonadectomy on the animal as a whole. This discussion does not address the societal problem of pet overpopulation. The author feels that animals with no owner or guardian should be spayed or castrated before adoption into a new home as one of many initiatives necessary to decrease the number of dogs euthanized in the United States annually"

    >>> Click to download and read the full article.