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Myths you may have heard ...

Myths & Facts adapted from the Humane Society of the United States

MYTH: It's better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.

FACT: Every litter counts.  Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: My cat won't catch mice if it is "fixed".

FACT:  Catching small creatures is instinctual for cats.  Spaying and neutering does not alter that fact.

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.

FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred. About half of all animals entering shelters are euthanized.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.

FACT:  It is a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

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