Let's Bust some sterilisation myths!
It really is wise to sterilise, but in case you want more info, here are some truths behind a few commonly spread myths.
Myth #1: It is better to let her have a litter before spaying her.
Fact #1: Each litter adds to the number of pets in shelters. Don’t be a part of the problem! Medical evidence has also shown that females spayed before the first heat are healthier.
Myth #2: I want my dog to be protective so I cannot sterilise it.
Fact #2: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect its home and family. Pets’ personalities are formed by genetics and environmental influence, not by sex hormones.
Myth #3: My dog/cat will feel less like a male.
Fact #2: Newsflash! Animals do not have a sexual ego. Sterilisation will not change the personality of your pet, although it could make them better behaved.
Myth #4: My pet is so special, I want another puppy/kitten just like her/him.
Fact #4: Not even professional geneticists and breeders can guarantee that the offspring of a breeding pair will have similar personalities to the parents.
Myth #5: My children deserve to experience the miracle of life.
Fact #5: Take your children to shelters to see how many pets are homeless. This will teach them that life is precious and that sterilising saves lives.
Myth #6: My pets will get fat and lazy if I sterilise them.
Fact #6: Pets gain weight because they are no longer growing, and once they mature they are less active. If pets continue to receive the same caloric intake despite this, they will naturally gain weight. Simply lower your pets caloric intake to prevent weight gain.
Myth #7: My pet is pure bred so I need to breed him/her.
Fact #7: At least 1 in 4 pets in shelters are also pure bred, and the number of breed-specific rescue organisations is growing rapidly – breeding increases animal numbers, pure bred or not!
Myth #8: It is too expensive
Fact #8: Myth busted! Hoogland Dierekliniek is offering a 10% discount on dog and cat sterilisations for the month of October, so call 012 661 0346 and make your appointment now!