This letter is in response to a statement made by Dylan Burkhart Aug. 26. She said, "An animal's personality can change drastically after going under the knife [spay or neuter]."
According to the ASPCA, altering your pet will not change your pet's personality. Cat's personalities don't fully develop until about one year of age and dogs between one and two years.
If your pet's personality changes after spaying at an early age, it would changed without surgery. Some of the benefits of spaying: risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle; helps live longer, healthier lives; reduces number of unwanted kittens and puppies.
Benefits of neutering: risk of testicular cancer is eliminated and decreases incidence of prostate disease; decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites; less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents; live longer, healthier lives.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year.
Marjorie A. Baumgartner