“Spaying” is the term used for female animals and the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.
“Neutering” is the term used for male animals and is the surgical removal of the testicles.
“Fixing” or “sterilizing” your pet are other terms for spaying/neutering.
In Louisiana 130,000 pets enter shelters each year. Of that number, approximately 92,000 of these animals are put to sleep annually. Louisiana shelters can’t save and support the huge number of accidental litters, strays and family pets brought to the shelter every day. Because of this, healthy, good-natured dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are put down at an alarming rate.
You can make an impact on the lives of these animals and reduce the numbers of pets put to sleep each year by spaying and neutering your pets. By doing this, you are helping Robinson’s Rescue to “save lives through prevention” and prevent unwanted litters from being born.
Spaying/neutering your pets does not only benefit our community, but also benefits you and your cat or dog.
Fixing your pet can decrease their risk of diseases that are expensive to treat. In addition, pets that are spayed/neutered have decreased or zero risk of certain types of cancer.
Neutered male cats are significantly less likely to spray (urine-mark) or wander in search of females. Spayed female dogs or cats no longer experience a heat cycle. This eliminates the extremely uncomfortable feeling they experience while being in heat, which often leads them to cry incessantly, act nervous, and attract males.
Animals that have been spayed/neutered are also less likely to bite, roam or get into fights and make better companions because they are not motivated to wander in search of a mate.
Your female pet should be spayed before her first heat cycle, which commonly occurs when she is 5 to 6 months of age, but it is never too late to spay/neuter.
If your pet is over the age of 7, however, he/she must visit your veterinarian before scheduling an appointment to be spayed/neutered at Robinson’s Rescue. Contact your Veterinarian to receive a Chemical Panel 12. This is a simple blood test to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to undergo spay/neuter surgery.