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.
Or at least volunteer for Free Spay & Neuter Week! We should start to to that, right?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ya don't need a vet to neuter ya dog. A rubber band works perfectly well.
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.
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.
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"
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.
Darn right. TONS of cultural groups REFUSE to neuter or spay because they believe it's wrong and "going against Nature"
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.
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.
That is the BIGGEST excuse I hear, usually from men, but not always.
Last time I checked my vet was charging $600.00 ( That is the correct price ) to spay an adult female cat.Much more for a dog. Cat's teeth cleaned about $900.00. To have the cat put to sleep in the ER is $550.00 with a client discount.Yes my 5 cats & dog are spayed/neutered but I can see why some might be deterred by the cost.
Thats why there a low cost clinics and specials offered at the local humane society.I agree,vet prices are insane these days.
Who gives us the right to play God or interfere in the system God has provided for all living things that is to breed and multiply.
You obviously have not visited a shelter and witnessed the animals they put down strictly because they have too many.Its heartbreaking.Educate yourself.
the only thing I'm against on spaying is that they get incontanant in older years' I have had 4 bitches spayed and its hapened to them all, and I didn`t have them spayed to young, which I don`t agree with.
That is coincidental,it does not effect the bladder,maybe the brand of dog food you feed them,it could be a UTI or from having too many litters.There are so many reasons that they become incontinent,but spaying is not one of them.Good luck.
Pls help me get a puppy aim lonely
visit your local shelter,just make sure you have it spayed or neutered.
Another area that I think needs to be addressed is the issue with the final remains. Living in rural Nebraska, our vet doesn't have the facilities to keep a pet frozen until there is enough of them that other people want to have cremated; then they do then all at that time. That somehow doesn't work out for me. I want MY CATS REMAINS.
I've heard of pet cemetaries Shelley there's one or two in this country But there seems to be a lot of them in the USA, or so I'm told!! You do seem to have quite a few animals Shelley. In my rented flat here I'm not allowed any pets not even a goldfish. Now the two legged Female kind, wink-wink is a different kettle of fish altogether though LoL. Time for some shut eye again had to visit the throne hahahaaa. Luv Big F xox
I think if vets had low cost neutering it would help the stray animal crisis, people just cannot afford to take animals to the vets these days, it cost me £700 to diagnose and deal with my cats cystitis problem.
of course they would
The Government should subsidize spaying and neutering. There's far too many pets that don't have a good loving home. EVERY pet should be able to live a long, healthy, happy and safe life as a valued member of a wonderful family who gives them the love, care, attention, affection, protection and respect they so richly deserve. xo xo xo xo xo xo.
Having an animal is good for you but should not be subsidized by the government. Our taxes pay for this and are for the better good of the individuals in society and are paid for by the other individuals. I won't argue with subsidizing a 'catch and release' program, but to pay for someone's free choice to take responsibility for another life and then abdicate that responsibility is encouraging that lack of accountability.
All the dags and toms that I got neutered had urinal leaks after being castrated by the vet.
Then you went to the wrong vet.