Green Tip #225: Spay Your Pet

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Freya at our Cottage

We decided when we got our dog that we would be getting her spayed at the appropriate time. While Newf puppies are the cutest things ever, there are enough dogs out there that need a home without us adding to the mix. Having your pet spayed does have a cost associated with it but in the long run you will save money. Dogs that are spayed have a decreased chance of getting certain kinds of cancer.  For ovarian cancer, the chances decrease by 50 %! Another financial reason is reducing the amount you pay for care for stray animals through taxes. If you let your non-spayed pets outside they may mate with another animal and produce offspring. If these offspring are not looked after, they will end up in a shelter or as road kill.

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4 thoughts on “Green Tip #225: Spay Your Pet

  1. I once had a kitten that we didn’t have spayed – until she went into heat for the first time! We had every tomcat from 10 miles around in the front yard – and our kitten was really strutting her stuff for them!

    That was one of the most disgusting combination of sights and sounds I had ever seen up til that point. Needless to say, we had her spayed shortly thereafter.

  2. I remember when my mom let our cat have kittens just once when we were growing up as a biology lesson. Cat ended up with a c-section and we learned more than expected by having to bottle feed the babies. On the plus side, I now know that if you want to teach your children about how much work it is to care for a baby, wait until they’re old enough to raise rescue kittens. It’s a ton of work, but really fun.

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