Spaying and Neutering Pets
ALACHUA COUNTY -- It’s like an animal holocaust-- played out every year. Millions of pets are euthanized in the United States every year.
But pet owners can keep their pets healthy and help prevent overpopulation with one procedure. Spaying and neutering pets will actually help them live longer.
"Spay and neuter goes way beyond population control," said veterinarian and owner of Newberry Animal Hospitals, Lance Baltzley.
Baltzley says about four million pets are euthanized each year because of over population. He says spaying and neutering pets is also about keeping them healthy.
"Population control is the most obvious and direct thing that we talk about, but the other issues in terms of the animals happiness and behavior. And then the medical issues that come about whenever they are not spayed or neutered."
Baltzley says medical issues are significant. Males can develop testicular and prostate cancers and females can develop ovarian cancer and diseases. But Baltzley says the biggest concern pet owners have is personality changes.
"The personality only improves. We don't really see a change in personality type. We just see a change in reduction in wandering. They want to be at home, neutered and spayed, pets want to be at home, they want to be around their family. They're not seeking any other experiences and their personality stays the same, in fact, it's better. Because they want to part of the group."
And by keeping pets safe and healthy, they're part of the family a lot longer. Spay and neuter procedures can be done by private vets non-profit organizations and shelters.
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