Find complete details, directions, and instructions about caring for your pet before visiting the clinic at the bottom of this page.
Why should you spay or neuter your pet?
The decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one for pet owners. But it can be the single best decision you make for his long-term welfare.
Getting your pet spayed or neutered can:
Reduce the number of homeless pets killed
Improve your pet’s health
Reduce unruly behavior
A USA Today (May 7, 2013) article cites that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According to the report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs. The report goes on to add that in Mississippi, the lowest-ranking state for pet longevity, 44% of the dogs are not neutered or spayed.
Part of the reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars, and other mishaps.
Another contributor to the increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain types of cancers. Unspayed female cats and dogs have a far greater chance of developing pyrometra (a fatal uterine infection), uterine cancer, and other cancers of the reproductive system.
Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. (Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.)
Male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought they they have lowered rates of prostate cancer, as well.
Curbing bad behavior
Unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking (lifting his leg) than neutered dogs. Although it is most often associated with male dogs, females may do it, too. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.
For cats, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 5 months of age before there’s even a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam, and fighitng with other males.
In both cats and dogs, the longer you wait, the greater the risk you run of the surgery not doing the trick because the behavior is so ingrained.
Other behavioral problems that can be ameliorated by spay/neuter include:
Roaming, especially when females are “in heat.”
Aggression: Studies also show that most dogs bites involve dogs who are unaltered.
Excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance-related behaviors.
While getting your pets spayed/neutered can help curb undesirable behaviors, it will not change their fundamental personality, like their protective instinct.
When you factor in the long-term costs potentially incurred by a non-altered pet, the savings afforded by spay/neuter are clear (especially given the plethora of low-cost spay/neuter clincs).
Caring for a pet with reproductive system cancer or pyometra can easily run into the thousands of dollars—five to ten times as much as a routine spay surgery. Additionally, unaltered pets can be more destructive or high-strung around other dogs. Serious fighting is more common between unaltered pets of the same gender and can incur high veterinary costs.
Renewing your pet’s license can be more expensive, too. Many counties have spay/neuter laws that require pets to be sterilized, or require people with unaltered pets to pay higher license renewal fees.
Details about this week’s clinic:
August 20th – 23rd 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Closes noon on Saturday)
Location: Colonia Lomas del Coapinole
The Clinic this week is in Colonia Lomas del Coapinole
Calle Corea del Sur #904
Corner of Corea del Sur and Manuel Corona
From Costco – drive on Francisco Villa towads Pitillal
4 blocks after the main Pitillal Plaza, turn right (towards the mountains) on Revolucion
Drive approx 30 blocks, and turn left on Alemania (you’ll see Bolivia, cuba Espana, Portugal, Francia, Italia, then just after Suiza you’ll get to Alemania).
After 9 blocks, turn right on Calle 21 de Marzo (street before is 8 de Mayo)
Drive 2 blocks and turn left on Av Federacion
Drive 5 blocks and turn right on Federalismo (block before is Corea del Norte)
Federalismo turns left onto Corea del Sur
In 1.5 blocks, you will see the site, just after Congreso de La Union
Free spay/neuter, donations encouraged
No food or water 12 hours before surgery
First 25 animals will be taken.
Arrive between 8:30-9 AM, first come first served
On Saturday, the clinic closes at 12 Noon