Wednesday, August 5, 2009

July 15, 2009: Happy Pets!

The Humane Society estimates that every year, three to four million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters across the United States. The only way to avoid killing these millions of loving animals is for everyone to spay or neuter their pets.

Here in Tallassee, stray cats and dogs are an ongoing problem. A cat can have three litters of six to ten kittens per litter every year. That's up to thirty kittens per year from one unspayed cat. A dog can have two litters of three to eight puppies, up to 16 extra unwanted pups per year!

Spaying and neutering improves you pet’s health and may even save you money on vet bills over the life of the pet. Spaying reduces the incidence of mammary tumors, tumors of the ovaries or uterus, and uterine infections. Also, spayed females don't attract all the neighborhood stray males.

Neutering reduces male cat and dog territoriality and aggression. It also may cut down on wandering and escaping. Neutering also reduces the incidence of prostate enlargement and prostate tumors and infections, some other tumors, and perineal hernia.

Low cost spaying and neutering is available to everyone through the Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Montgomery. Tallassee resident Dr. Rebecca Davidson performs the surgeries. Cost for cats is $35 per male and $45 per female. Cost for dogs is $55 per male and $65 per female. Dogs over 60 pounds are an extra $10. You can also get your pet vaccinated for rabies at the same time for just $10 more.

Call 334-239-7387 to schedule an appointment. Surgeries are performed at 5316 Atlanta Highway in Montgomery every Monday through Thursday. You must make an appointment before bringing in your pet.

Tallassee, let's come together as a community and get our animals spayed and neutered. No one enjoys seeing dead cats and dogs by the side of the road. No one enjoys seeing abandoned kittens and puppies, waiting to be hit. This is a community problem we can fix.

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