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September 25, 2020
Amy Wade Carotenuto

What are you Waiting For?

You just might be able to get your dog spayed or neutered for FREE!!!

If you’ve ever met me, you know better than to try and debate me about why your female dog should have a litter of pups or why your male pet should not be neutered. After 35 years in animal welfare I’ve heard every excuse.

Bottom line is – Until there are no homeless animals, no animals euthanized for lack of homes, there is no reason to breed. As if pet overpopulation wasn’t a strong enough incentive to have your pets sterilized here are some other benefits of sterilization…

Spaying and neutering eliminates the risk of any reproductive cancers. Quite simply – if the parts are gone, so is the possibility of that type of cancer. Unsterilized males are at high risk of testicular cancer and prostate cancer. Females that are unsterilized can develop ovarian cancer, uterine and even breast cancer. Another risk for unsterilized females is called pyometra, which is a common, painful and potentially life-threatening uterine infection. Spaying and neutering eliminates all of these worries and truly extends a pets’ life expectancy.

Spayed female animals won’t go into heat. Heat cycles in animals cause them to want desperately to get out. Next thing you know, your pet is lost, or even worse. The vocalizations of a female cat in heat can drive you crazy. The heat cycle of a dog can ruin your furniture and carpets.

Unneutered males will do anything to get to female in heat. We’ve seen male dogs get hit by cars while they chase females in heat. Unneutered male cats spray and mark their territory with urine which can get them thrown out of a nice, indoor home because the spray is very odor-ific (that’s my word).

Unsterilized animals are statistically much more likely to bite. So it’s even safer for you and your family to have pets spayed or neutered.

So now for some good news. Flagler Humane Society has a low cost spay/neuter program. Our veterinarians are working 5 days a week safely sterilizing pets. Our surgical fees range from $40 for male cats, $60 for female cats. For dogs surgery costs range from $83 for a small dog neuter all the way up to $128 for a 100 pound female dog.

Here’s the great news though. For the month of October we have funding from Florida Animal Friend which will make surgery for medium to large dogs (40 lb to 99 lbs) FREE! Animals must be current on vaccines, which we can help with also. And after surgery, dogs go home wearing a lovely lampshade hat! Call our office for details.

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