Spaying / neutering your pets

We would like to give you some pieces of advice on spaying and neutering your pet.

It’s the duty of every pet owner to spay/neuter their animal as too many end up stray and are then put to death.

As far as humans are concerned, spaying and neutering is not quite socially recognized as a good image in general. However for pets, we are in the age that spaying and neutering is virtually the pet owners’ duty in order to reduce mass-slaughter of “unwanted pets”, as very many dogs and cats are being killed at animal care centers around the country.

And why do we say spaying and neutering is a “duty”? Please see the chart below:

Number of animals killed at animal care centers each year in Japan

Dogs

Cats

Total

Take care

Aftermath

Take care

Aftermath

Take care

Aftermath

Returned, Fostered

Killed

Returned, Fostered

Killed

Returned, Fostered

Killed

2009

93,807

32,944

64,061

177,785

10,621

165,771

271,592

43,565

229,832

2010

85,166

33,464

51,964

164,308

11,876

152,729

249,474

45,340

204,693

2011

77,805

34,282

43,606

143,195

12,680

131,136

221,000

46,962

174,742

2012

71,643

33,269

38,447

137,745

14,858

123,400

209,388

48,127

161,847

The chart is a national survey. The total number of animals taken to the animal care centers in Okinawa in 2012 was 7,728 (3,451 dogs and 4,277 cats), which is 485 animals more than the previous year. Out of which, 6,604 animals (2,513 dogs and 4,091 cats) were killed, which is 342 more than the previous year.

Especially cats become strays easily, so it’s very important to neuter them.

We could well say that this situation, in which massive number of animals are slaughtered each year, is created by the pet owners’ very own hands.

Too many pets are being kept carelessly. The pet owners would release them because “they can’t keep them anymore”, “they are moving”, “pets are kept on the loose and pregnancy was unplanned”, etc. etc… The reasons are infinite. However all of these are in fact results of the pet owners’ irresponsible actions.

Animal lovers should engrave this into their hearts, and should help minimize this situation as much as they can.

And the most effective way to do this, is by fixing your pets.

There are many other advantages of spaying and neutering other than preventing the pets from breeding. If your pet is not fixed yet, we strongly recommend you consider doing so at this opportunity.

Advantages for spaying and neutering

  1. No more menstrual bleeding from the heat cycle
  2. Pets may become more calm
  3. Minimize spraying and marking
  4. Less smell of urine
  5. Less mounting activity
  6. Reduce loss of coat caused by hormonal imbalance
  7. Less howling/crying at night during the mating seasons
  8. Less territorial fights among male animals
  9. Prevention of genital diseases

Time to spay/neuter

There are various theories as to when is the best time to fix the animals. However, though different by the individual animal, the currently predominate is as follows:

Male: 5 months from birth

Female: 5 months from birth, AND preferably before the first heat cycle. This is because this would substantially minimize the possibility for mammary gland tumors.