Hidden Valley Animal Clinic

100 Oakhurst Drive
McMurray, PA 15317



The Truth About the Myths – Spaying/Neutering

Myths About What Happens to Pets When They Are Spayed and Neutered

Physical Myths
  • My pet will get fat and lazy.
  • My pet must be 6 months old to be spayed or neutered.
  • It's better for my pet to have one litter first.
  • I need to wait until after my pet's first heat.
  • Males don't give birth so we don't need to neuter them.
  • My male pet won't look like a male anymore.

    Personality Myths
  • My pet's personality will change.
  • My dog won't be protective anymore.
  • My dog won't be a good hunting companion anymore.
  • Having a litter will make my pet more mature.

    Emotional Myths
  • I don't want my pet to feel like less of an animal.
  • I wouldn't want to live without sex, neither should my pet.

    Myths About Reasons Not to Spay or Neuter
  • It's wrong to deprive an animal of the natural right to reproduce.
  • I want to breed my purebred pet—we want another pet just like our current pet.
  • We can sell puppies or kittens and make money.
  • I'll find homes for all the puppies/kittens.
  • The humane society will find homes for my litter.
  • It's just one litter.
  • Spaying or neutering is too expensive.
  • My children should witness our pet giving birth.
  • My male cat/dog will be kept indoors away from any females.
  • Only females add to the overpopulation problem, right?

    Myths About the Surgery Itself
  • I am concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia.
  • Won't the surgery be painful for my pet?
  • It would be cruel to do that to my pet.