Tuesday is Spay Day U.S.A. and animal clinics all over our area are participating. The Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society is even doing a spay/neuter service on wheels. All this week a veterinarian will be doing surgeries from within a mobile health unit stationed at the Morgantown Road Fire Department.
The surgery costs $37.50 for cats and $57.50 for dogs. The rate includes the spay or neuter, a rabies shot, and all the booster shots. Humane Society workers say there are plenty of appointments still available. If you would like to schedule a spay or neuter call the Humane Society at (270) 842-8572.
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Why Spay and Neuter?
Facts and Myths
Fact: There is no medical evidence to justify a dog or cat to have a litter before spaying. In fact, spaying female dogs and cats eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the threat of mammary cancer.
Fact: The only changes in dog and cat behavior after spaying or neutering are positive changes. Male cats tend to reduce territorial spraying, depending on their age at neutering. Neutered dogs and cats fight less, resulting in fewer bit and scratch wounds and lessening the spread of contagious diseases. Male dogs and cats tend to stay home more after neutering because they no longer wander in search of a mate.
Fact: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect his home and family.
Fact: Surgical sterilization is performed under general anesthesia by a doctor of veterinary medicine. The procedure itself is not felt by the patient. There may also be discomfort after the surgery, but most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours.
Source: http://www.snaptx.org/default.htm (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program Web site) contributed to this report.