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Why Spay or Neuter Your Animal

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is not one to be taken lightly. There are the arguments about it preventing abandoned or abuse by reducing an unwanted and unhomed population of animals, but more persuasive should be the facts that spaying and neutering can prevent cancer, disease and other issues for your pet. There is no reason, unless you are a professional breeder, to not have this standard surgery done. All the top La Jolla veterinarians listed in the La Jolla Blue Book veterinary guide offer this service and supports it.

Does it Change My Pet's Behavior? Yes, but for the better. By spaying or neutering, your pet no longer is driven by the urge to breed. This means less roaming, fighting and acting out in a territorial manner. This doesn't mean that if you spay or neuter your pet you shouldn't have them micro chipped as part of the HomeAgain program, offered locally by places like the La Jolla Veterinarian Hospital. The HomeAgain program will reduce the time your pet is frightened should they become lost. Many pets will respond to any type of weather disturbance by running away, and this will help reduce the trauma of that very natural reaction.

Spaying and Neutering Prevents Cancer and Prostrate Disease. It has been proven that spaying or neutering dogs will reduce the risks of testicular cancer, breast cancer, prostrate disease and pyometra as well as reducing heart disease in both male and female dogs. While you can have these conditions treated at facilities like WindanSea Veterinary Clinic, every veterinarian there will tell you that avoiding the diseases development in the first place is better than having the technology to treat it after.

Responsibility. You can get low cost spay and neutering services from your local veterinarian or an animal shelter offer these services as well. Check out our Blue Book directory listings for the vets and animal hospitals listed. The San Diego Humane Society also offers a low cost spay/neuter clinic five days a week. For more information, visit the Humane Society website (www.sdhumane.org) or call (619) 299-7012. Click the following link for more reliable local businesses that provide pet care in La Jolla.


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