Neutering is a necessary good just as that cone of shame is a necessary evil. Play into a pet's big spay day with five hilarious gifts best offered up to the two-legged set.
Depending on where you live, this average price can vary (as with any other services from daycare to dog walking). Regardless, there's a huge difference between "low-cost" spray/neuter options and ones at a private veterinary clinic. Whether your pet stayed overnight or was out in a flash for laser or stitched procedures, how much did the total package cost you?
Even if your furry friend is fixed, how do you feel about being told to do so not just by vets or animal behaviorists but by the government!? Last week, a statewide mandatory spay/neuter bill (SB 250) passed the California State Senate and is off to the Assembly to quite possibly become law.
In order to keep an unsterilized pet, you'd need a license or else your animal could be taken away from you. Now, I understand the needless death and overpopulation of shelter animals, but this seems a bit troublesome for lower-income families who would sterilize a pet, if not for the prohibitive procedure price. Do you think this bill is a good start . . . or does it do more harm than good?
It's no surprise that I love baby animals, but I wouldn't want to just wake up one morning to a slew of new pets! Especially since I recall a childhood pal who went from having Roxy and Foxy to having five Guinea Pigs – quite a mysterious result when her mom (thought she) had purchased two girl pets – and how sad we were when her parents told her she could only keep one baby.
Now, I never gave "fixing" much thought in the scenario but a recent article brought this practice to my attention. Most of you spay or neuter your dogs and cats, but what about the exotic pets or small mammals you've owned?
Even though Ramon doesn't have a cute outfit on this time, he is sporting that telltale neckpiece. I'm guessing this conehead just got his lil snip snip done. I love that Christina Ricci cuddles her smooshy Frenchie close as they leave an animal hospital in West Hollywood – sometimes even the cushiest of carriers won't do! Check out the duo in the full shot when you read more
When I spotted this piece on Dolittler about canine vasectomy, I was a bit stumped. I mean I had certainly never heard of this process for a pet, and, I admit, found the concept a bit fascinating. The client mentioned wanted this procedure done to her show dog so he'd be "safe" around her other dogs, but wanted to keep his energy and testosterone for maximum ring performance at competitions. The vet writes:
Though it’s an easy surgery (far less painful than a routine castration, with fewer complications, to boot), it’s clear that we vets have serious power over what procedures become accepted as the norm.
What's your take? If you knew this was an option, would you seek it out?
Getting your dogs, cats, and rabbits fixed is important to controlling pet overpopulation in shelters and on the streets. Today is Spay Day USA – Spay/USA is a national referral network that can direct pet owners to local, subsidized spay/neuter clinics. North only spent one night in the hospital and sported this silly collar to protect stitches from this quick procedure. My pup got neutered when he was just about 1-year-old, what about your pets?