Common myths

Myth #I: My pet will get fat and lazy.
Spaying or neutering may diminish your pet's overall activity level, natural tendency to wander, and hormonal balances, which may influence appetite. Regular exercise and appropriate diet will prevent your pet from becoming overweight.

Myth #2: If we breed Rover and Fluffy, their puppies (or kittens) will be just like them.
Breeding two purebred animals rarely results in offspring that are exactly like one of the parents. And with mixed breeds, it is virtually impossible to have offspring that are exactly like one of the parents.

Myth #3: My pet's personality will change.
Any change will be for the better! After being altered, your pet will be less aggressive toward other dogs or cats, have a better personality, and will be less likely to wander. Spraying (urine marking), which is often done by dogs and cats to mark their territory, diminishes or ceases after pets are altered.

Myth #4: My children should witness our pet giving birth.
Pets often have their litters in the middle of the night or
in a place of their own choosing. Because pets need privacy
when giving birth, any unnecessary intrusion can cause the
mother to become seriously upset. These intrusions can
result in an unwillingness to care for the offspring or in
injury to the owners of the pet. There are videos available
for your children to witness the "miracle of birth" without
adding to the pet overpopulation problem.

Myth #5: I am concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia.
Placing a pet under anesthesia is a very common concern of owners. Although there is always a slight risk involved, Vets choose anesthetics carefully to minimize these risks. Many veterinarians use equipment that monitors heart and respiratory rates during surgery to ensure that their patients are doing well under anesthesia, and vet technicians (nurses) are trained to monitor your pet during surgery. The medical benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered far outweigh the slight risk involved with undergoing anesthesia. Consult your veterinarian if you are concerned about this aspect of the procedure.

Myth #6: The surgery is painful for the animal, and may harm my pet.
During spaying/neutering, dogs and cats are fully anesthetized, so they feel no pain. Afterwards, most pets seem to experience slight discomfort, but all signs of discomfort disappear within a few days, or even a few hours. Serious harm as a result of spay/neuter surgery is extremely rare. Veterinarians also use pain relievers that are made especially for dogs

Myth #7: The surgery is expensive.
Spay/neuter surgery generally costs less than most major surgeries, especially if the dog or cat is young and healthy. Low-cost or low-income spay/neuter clinics or programs in which local veterinarians perform spaying/neutering at reduced cost are available for those who cannot otherwise afford to have the surgery performed.

What happens when people don’t spay/neuter their pets?
This country's thousands of shelters are forced to kill literally MILLIONS of animals every year. They pour in, a never ceasing, always increasing, inundating flood. Consequently, EVERY DAY, shelters are forced to kill and kill and kill, in order to make room for the ones that will flood them that day: all the result of thoughtless pet owners. Animals turned in to the shelters might be luckier than the ones left abandoned to be tortured, starved, injured and diseased and left to die alone.

Director 
Adam Leath
ALeath@volusia.org

Animal Services
386-248-1790

Animal Care Clinic/
Pet Vet Cruiser

386-323-3575

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