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THE IMPORTANCE OF SPAY/NEUTER


It is not just about the overpopulation of unwanted animals.

The Facts:

Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

Male dogs are hit by cars, or otherwise injured having "escaped" because of a nearby female in heat.
 
Neutered male dogs won't run after a female in heat. 
 
Neutering eliminates the tendency of male cats and dogs to "mark" their property.
 
Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
 
Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
 
Spaying can also prevent mammary gland tumors, the most common tumor in unspayed female dogs and the third most common tumor in cats. They are more common in dogs than in humans. A high percentage of mammary tumors are cancerous: in dogs, nearly 50%; in cats, nearly 90%. Once a cancerous mammary tumor spreads to the bones or lungs, the cancer will be fatal.
 
An unspayed dog is 200 times more likely to develop mammary tumors than a dog spayed before her first heat. An unspayed cat is 7 times more likely than a spayed cat to develop mammary tumors.
 
Female dogs and cats:The risk of mammary tumors for dogs spayed before their first heat is 0.05%. This risk increased to 8% after one heat cycle, and 26% after the second heat.
 
Cats who are spayed prior to one year of age have a 0.6% risk of developing mammary carcinomas compared with intact cats.
 
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics  
 
• Qualifying AHCCCS recipients only pay $10/cat and $20/dog surgery. Find locations.
• For other low cost spay and neutering throughout Arizona, click here.
 
* Certain restrictions apply: 
In order to qualify for the AHCCCS program you must be able to show proof of residency in Maricopa County through a photo identification. In addition, AHCCCS recipients must provide their AHCCCS card (names on photo identification and AHCCCS card must match otherwise additional documentation may be requested). If you have any questions or concerns call 602-265-7729 (SPAY).
  


 
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