So far this year, a total of 3,279 that could have been adopted had to put down due to overcrowding in shelters.
"That's a tragedy and it can be prevented," says Dr. Janice Price with the Windmill Animal Hospital.
Despite any harsh stigmas, Dr. Price assures us that cats and dogs don't think of the procedure the same way a human would.
"Dogs and cats don't have body consciousness," she explains. "So when they are spayed or neutered they don't regard themselves as having been 'de-feminized' or 'de-masculinized' when they come home from the veterinary hospital."
Instead, Dr. Price says there are numerous benefits to making sure your pets go through the procedure.
"Behaviorally, it will help keep your dog or cat at home," explains Dr. Price.
That's because natural hormones in a growing pet will cause them to search out a mate, often times away from the comfort of their own stomping grounds.
"They can get into a lot of trouble," adds Dr. Price. "They can get hit by a car, cats get into fights, and can spread feline leukemia and feline AIDS."
After the procedure, it's only takes a few days of confinement before your furry friend is back to acting like their crazy selves again. But according to Dr. Price, the younger you get your cat or dog spayed/neutered, the easier it will be on them.
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