Spay and Neuter… Why bother??
Bahrain is faced with the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats in the streets. Every year thousands of animals end up homeless in the streets and a small fraction of these ends up in the few animal shelters we have. Some animals in shelters are saved from the streets and cruelty, while some are given up by their families. Countless others never make it to shelters and suffer without someone to care for them. Spaying or neutering pets prevents animals from being born accidentally, and is the most effective and humane way to save animals lives.
What is spay and neuter?
A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal's reproductive organs so she cannot become pregnant.A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal's testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.The surgeries are performed by a veterinarian while animals are under general anesthesia so that they do not feel pain. An animal may experience some discomfort after the surgery, but the Vet usually provides medication to help ease the soreness.When someone says an animal is "fixed" or "altered" that means the animal has been spayed or neutered.
Benefits for you and your pet
Your pet will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience fewer headaches if you get him or her spayed or neutered.
Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates:
The odds of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.Frustration in resisting the natural urge to mate. Your pet will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more contented member of your family.The animal's need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.Messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.The tendency to bite. However, your pet will still be protective of his home and family even after being altered. Aggression is different from protectiveness.Spraying, wailing, marking territory, or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.The extra expense for food or veterinary care in the event of an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens.
Benefits for your community
Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of strays and unwanted animals in a community.
Stray animals get into garbage cans, scare people, cause car accidents, and damage property.Irresponsible or accidental breeding contributes to dog attacks and bites.Some stray animals kill or injure wildlife.
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Signed: Dr. Kevin – Your Preferred Veterinarian.