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Katherine Heigl hates balls and well, we aren't so fond of them either. With the gross pet over-population problem in this country, it is vital to have your pet spayed or neutered. And, it's totally hip to be ball-less, just ask the SWD patriarch, Blu. Losing his dangling parts improved Blu's life from the very first time he sat down, if you know what I mean.

There are many organizations around the country offering low cost spay and neuter services - just do a Google search for a group in our area. It saves lives. 

Here's Katherine Heigl to give you her take on balls. And don't forget to check out ihateballs.com too. Enjoy!
12/3/2011 05:31:02 am

I thought I'd help with the pro list:

*Early aged desexing significantly increases the risk of bone cancer.
*Desexed dogs have an increased risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma.
*Desexing triples the risk of obesity.
*Desexing increases the risk of orthopaedic disorders.
*Increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations.

For girls, desexing:
*Causes urinary spay incontinence in 4-20% of desexed bitches.
*Increases the risk of persistent or re-occuring urinary tract infections.
*Increases the risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis, and vaginitis, especially for bitches spayed before puberty.
*Doubles the small risk of urinary tract tumors.

For boys, desexing:
*Triples the risk of hypothyroidism
*Increases the risk of progressive geriatric cognitive impairment
*Quadruples the small risk of prostate cancer
*Doubles the small risk of urinary track cancers.



I thought this ad was funny enough, and I have shared it, but a bit misguided. There are plenty of reasons to keep your animal entire, and you don't have to contribute to the pet population by doing so.

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Frazz
12/3/2011 08:06:40 am

The #1 reason to spay/neuter your pet is that in the U.S. alone we KILL more than 4 MILLION unwanted dogs & cats a year. These dead animals were not produced by neutered or spayed pets.

But, if this is not enough, there is also evidence to support neutering/spaying your pets.

*Spaying/Neutering does not cause your pet to get fat. You have direct control over everything your pet eats.
*Spaying/Neutering your dog will not cause laziness. You have direct control over the exercise your dog gets.
*Because they are healthier, your pet will live longer.(See ovarian, uterine, breast, testicular cancer below). A neutered male is less likely to become an escape artist and roam or fight,or be injured by either, increasing his life span.
*OOPS litters happen - Sit at an animal shelter intake desk for one day & listen to how many owners reclaiming their pets say "My pet never escapes."
*Myth: "My dog's puppies won't contribute to pet over-population." 30% of shelter dogs are pure-breds. Even if you can find "perfect" homes for all your pups, you cannot predict their or their owner's future, nor can you predict the future of your puppy's puppies.

Spaying females
*If spayed before the 1st heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1% chance of developing breast cancer. If spayed after one heat cycle, your pet has an 8 percent chance of developing breast cancer. If spayed after 2 heat cycles, the risk increases to 26%.
*Eliminates the risk of ovarian or uterine cancer. For dogs, these diseases have a 50% mortality rate.
*Your female won't go into heat.

Neutering Males
*Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the 2nd most common tumor in male dogs.
*Decreases the risk of prostatis, a bacterial infection of the prostate
*Scientific data supports a significantly reduced risk of prostate cancer in dogs neutered before 6 months old
*Reduces the risk of perianal tumors
*Eliminates or reduces marking in males neutered before 6 months old.
*Decreases aggressive behavior
*An intact male is driven by his hormones to mate and will do just about anything to accomplish this, especially if there is an in-heat female near-by. A neutered male will be much less likely to want to roam.

I loved the video humor, but the real reasons to spay/neuter your pet aren't quite as funny.

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Dog-Ma
12/5/2011 02:11:49 pm

I agree with Frazz's comment. Millions of dogs are being killed in shelters every year. Those numbers would dramatically drop if more people spayed and neutered their dogs. It's simple math, really.

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7/11/2012 04:57:00 am

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