Debbie L. Gubala
Debbie L. Gubala

if people don't spay and neuter their pets because it is too expensive then maybe the veterinarians need to lower the rates for these operations. That would be sensible.

L David Farr
L David Farr
  • Debbie L. Gubala

Or at least volunteer for Free Spay & Neuter Week! We should start to to that, right?

Meike Shaffer
Meike Shaffer
  • Debbie L. Gubala

The sad truth is that veterinarians are the biggest opponents to low cost spay/neuter clinics, because it cuts into their profits. Really makes you question why they became vets.

Olivia Morrissette
Olivia Morrissette
  • Debbie L. Gubala

If vets lower their fees much more, they'll have to cut costs somewhere, or close up shop. We don't want that. Unfortunately, people get a dog or at cat without knowing what they're getting into, and believe that the only expense is food and the rabies vaccine, which is required by law. Neutering should be required by law also, on account of the harm caused by dog and cat overpopulation.

Denise Lapointe
Denise Lapointe
  • Debbie L. Gubala

Vet's have to make a living too.There are expenses to maintaining an office, staff, medication, supplies and otherwise making a living. If you want a pet, you should consider the total of expenses. There are plenty of spay/neuter clinics available and other supportive organisations. If you get a pet and don't look after it properly in all ways you are an irresponsible, selfish pet owner. I didn't get my dogs until I had the time to pay proper attention to them and the resources to take care of them.

Kim Crowdis
Kim Crowdis
  • Debbie L. Gubala

I had several of my cats fixed by vets whose main business was spay/neuter. One vet used to pick up and deliver the animals. Another vet did 10 to 20 spay/neuter each day at his clinic.

John Browne
John Browne
  • Debbie L. Gubala

Ya don't need a vet to neuter ya dog. A rubber band works perfectly well.

Robin R Weiss
Robin R Weiss
  • Debbie L. Gubala

In know where I live there are many places all over our city where people can take their pet for low cost spay/neuter. Even so, if someone cannot afford to spay or neuter their pet how are they going to afford the regular vet costs each year including the surprises when your pet gets sick and needs to go to the vet or the medication they need or the heartworm meds and pest control meds for animals who go outside a lot? Getting a pet fixed is only the beginning of what will be thousands and...

In know where I live there are many places all over our city where people can take their pet for low cost spay/neuter. Even so, if someone cannot afford to spay or neuter their pet how are they going to afford the regular vet costs each year including the surprises when your pet gets sick and needs to go to the vet or the medication they need or the heartworm meds and pest control meds for animals who go outside a lot? Getting a pet fixed is only the beginning of what will be thousands and sometimes many thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the pet. If that is a cost one can not take on they should make the decision to get a pet that does not come with many built in costs such as smaller furries like mice, gerbils, rats or fish.

Robin R Weiss
Robin R Weiss
  • Debbie L. Gubala

Olivia Morrissette I agree to an extent on your last statement but I think that if we were to pass a law and make it mandatory for ALL cats and dogs to be fixed and most people followed this law (there always a few that don't) how long before there are no more dogs and cats. I do think that mixed breeds should be fixed but there are people out there who love their specific breed and if they are breeding their babies in a great home environment and the babies are getting love and family...

Olivia Morrissette I agree to an extent on your last statement but I think that if we were to pass a law and make it mandatory for ALL cats and dogs to be fixed and most people followed this law (there always a few that don't) how long before there are no more dogs and cats. I do think that mixed breeds should be fixed but there are people out there who love their specific breed and if they are breeding their babies in a great home environment and the babies are getting love and family attention from day one and they are in NO WAY even close to a puppy mill, although I know this is not a popular opinion with many people, I do not think they should be required to fix their cats and dogs. Essentially we would be intentionally causing an extinction imho.

Daria Gacr
Daria Gacr
  • Debbie L. Gubala

There are so many organizations in the US that offer low cost spay and neuter programs. People don't try hard enough, and more often than not, the reason I hear from people as to why they haven't had their pet fixed is actually due to apathy - "I didn't/ couldn't get around to it"

Terri Gaines
Terri Gaines

You need an "other" category. Where we live there are cultural and education issues. Many lower income white males and latinos think it's taking away a male dog's masculinity to neuter a dog. A "macho" issue.

Louise Peacock
Louise Peacock
  • Terri Gaines

Darn right. TONS of cultural groups REFUSE to neuter or spay because they believe it's wrong and "going against Nature"

Laura Scherer
Laura Scherer
  • Terri Gaines

I agree I spent many years down south in TX and I heard that one way to many times, whats worse is that they wont be educated because it is cultural.

Robin R Weiss
Robin R Weiss
  • Terri Gaines

We can only hope to educate their younger generation. With the way information flies around these days and with social media I think that the younger generation is much more educated and aware of just about everything in this day and age so we can hope that a lot of the cultural things not just in the areas of animals but in other areas of life that younger generations will start making changes for their future generations.

Daria Gacr
Daria Gacr
  • Terri Gaines

That is the BIGGEST excuse I hear, usually from men, but not always.

Kathy Rock
Kathy Rock

when you welcome a pet in to your home YOU should be aware that is always going to expenses,,,, if your other child needed birth control ,,,,, would you say it is too expense?

Laura Agombar
Laura Agombar

Before getting a dog or cat. Just make sure you have the money and have them spay or neuter.

Florence Eaise
Florence Eaise

Honestly I think its mainly ignorance and just plain out NNOT giving a frig and lazyness bottomline! You can get a pet spayed-neutered for 35 - 50 at shelters look around thers just NO excuse to NOT spay or neuter if you cant afford to spay or neuter your pet then bottom line you cant afford a pet and shouldn't have one!

Christine Low
Christine Low

The main reason may be that it is too expensive. Unbelievably though I have known men who will not neuter their male dogs because they feel it will make the animal less masculine! All my animals have been neutered and I believe it prevents some cancers in old age. It is also less distressing for a male dog who if they are not neutered will be stressed if a bitch is in heat. There are so many unwanted cats and dogs in the world that need homes without any more unwanted puppies and kittens...

The main reason may be that it is too expensive. Unbelievably though I have known men who will not neuter their male dogs because they feel it will make the animal less masculine! All my animals have been neutered and I believe it prevents some cancers in old age. It is also less distressing for a male dog who if they are not neutered will be stressed if a bitch is in heat. There are so many unwanted cats and dogs in the world that need homes without any more unwanted puppies and kittens being brought into the world due to lack of responsibility of their owners.

Melissa Rigas-Desbonnes

Once we take on the responsibility of an animal, then we must also take on the responsibility of its total care; HOWEVER, let's be honest here. The prices that are charged by vets in general are outrageous. I have a multi-animal household & I have never gotten a "break" on spaying/neutering any of them & they are all done. We all have a part to play in this & it really shouldn't be about profit......

Donna Zappacosta-Cox
Donna Zappacosta-Cox

Go to Simcoe Vet's. It is so much cheaper and they are wonderful people there. It's called Simcoe Queensway Vet's. 519-428-2630

Cathie Kelly Hines
Cathie Kelly Hines

I feel like vets really ought to donate their services to the humane society at least once a month to do spaying and neutering based on income level (or even free). I know I would if I were a vet. With all of the vets in the US we could get a lot of pets spayed and neutered eliminating alot of homeless animals. I always adopt homeless and sickly animals that need my help. They give alot of love and companionship.

Susan Rosenfeld
Susan Rosenfeld

It's not THAT expensive. Having a pet involves looking out for its welfare. Vets have to make a living, but of course shouldn't overcharge.

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