Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering
Get the truth about spaying or neutering your pet
MYTH: It's better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.
FACT: Every litter counts. Medical evidence indicates just the opposite.
In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are
typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young
as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate
time for these procedures.
MYTH: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the thousands of
animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country.
Teach children that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets.
MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred. About half of all animals entering shelters are euthanized.
MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: It is a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
MYTH: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.
MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
FACT: Your pet's puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own.
MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for your pet's puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up in an animal shelter, as one of the many homeless pets in every community competing for a home. Will they be one of the lucky ones?
Get more information about spay and neutering by visiting theHumane Society of the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program
Q: How old does my puppy/kitten need to be to be fixed?
A: Puppies and kittens should be at least 3 months old and weight 2 lbs. We recommend 4 months of age so the puppies and kittens will receive a free or $10 rabies vaccine. The Humane Society of the United States recommends all puppies and kitten should be fixed by 6 months of age. Some puppies and kittens will have their first heat cycle as early to 4‐6 months and can become pregnant.
Q: Is my dog or cat too old to be “fixed”?
A: It’s best to have your pet fixed before 7 yrs of age. Pets over 7 need to have blood work done before being spayed/neutered to be sure they have no risk factors that could cause complications during surgery. Female dogs can become pregnant even at an advanced age, and giving birth can have devastating health consequences for the mother as well as the pups.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The low cost fees are currently $70 for dogs and $45 for cats. That includes the surgery, rabies vaccine and transportation to and from the Knoxville Spay Solutions clinic.
Q: Can I qualify for financial assistance to further reduce the cost of having my pet spayed/neutered?
A: For the Love of Paws currently has received grant funds from various foundations to help the pet owners of Scott County who qualify. To qualify, you must show proof of household income less than $35,000 or be receiving government assistance such as disability insurance, food stamps, etc. Hardship cases will be considered on a case by case basis.
Q: Can my female dog/cat be spayed if she is in heat or pregnant?
A: Yes. Females in heat can be spayed while they are in heat. The important thing to remember is that females in heat must be kept away from males for 2 weeks following spay. If the female is mounted by male within the 2 week period she could suffer serious health issues. Pregnant female dogs/cats can also be spayed. It’s best to spay as soon as you suspect your pet might be pregnant. Spaying a pregnant pet will terminate their pregnancy.
If you have further questions in regards to spaying and neutering your pet please call our Spay/Neuter Hotline at 423-223-8241 between 8 am - 8 pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If no one is available to take your call please leave a message with your name and phone number.