Friday, May 16, 2008

Disposable Pets

"Unfortunately, we live in a throw-away society and included with the plastic bottles and other trash are unwanted pets.

Across our country, 10-12 million pets are euthanized annually -- that's 27,473 pets every 24 hours.

In all, 70,000 kittens and puppies are born in the U.S. every day. One out of every four healthy and bright-eyed kittens is destroyed daily. In all, 25 percent of all pets in shelters are purebred.

Spaying and neutering makes your pet healthier, gives it a long life and makes it happier. Early age altering has been done in the U.S. for over 25 years. Pets can be safely spayed and neutered at an early age. You may try to justify your pet having litters because you are sure you can find loving homes for the kittens or puppies."

1 comment:

CastoCreations said...

I agree that spay/neuter is the best thing to do. However, I don't agree that all early spay/neutering is safe.

We had our male Husky neutered fairly early...he was only around 3 or 4 months old. I believe that due to this we decreased the proper hormonal growth for him and weakened his bone/muscle structure.

He's now had three surgeries on his back legs and will never again be able to walk without a limp (and pain). He's only 7. His first surgery was at the age of 1. =(

We waited to neuter our Malamute until he was over one year old and he is a big, strong, healthy boy. No muscle/joint/bone issues so far (knock on wood) and we're coming up on his second birthday.

There is apparently research that shows that males should be neutered later and females earlier. Males neutered too early are at risk for cancer and vice versa with females. I need to do more research on this but I do believe that our problems with Kodiak are due to early neutering.