Published on February 4th, 2015 | by Dig Omaha0
Ownership 101: Pet Mythbusting
If there’s anything we’ve learned from years of doing animal rescue, it’s that sometimes very nice, smart people cling to some bad ideas about pets. Even in our age of instantaneous information about any imaginable subject, myths about pets are everywhere.
Just this past week, one of our volunteers listened as a coworker explained how it was healthier for a female dog to have at least one litter of puppies. This is an old wives’ tale that just won’t go away. But that’s the reason we’re writing this blog: to keep pumping out good information about animals in hopes that it will one day drown out the bad.
Since we’re on the subject of having puppies, here are a few myths and facts about spaying and neutering from the Humane Society of the United States:
MYTH: It’s better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.
MYTH: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the thousands of animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country. Teach children that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets.
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 don’t want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise.
MYTH: It’s expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services.
What pet myths have you experienced? Share them with a comment below.