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Spay and Neuter Your Animals Earlier Than You Think

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It is national spay and neuter month and staff at the Yakima Humane Society said you want to get your pet fixed earlier than you think. It is national spay and neuter month and staff at the Yakima Humane Society said you want to get your pet fixed earlier than you think.

YAKIMA, WA - It is national spay and neuter month and staff at the Yakima Humane Society said you want to get your pet fixed earlier than you think.

They said cats and dogs can start breeding at about four-months old and most people wait until six or eight month to spay or neuter.

The Outreach Manager at the Humane Society, Nicole Papageorgiou, said most of the time people do not think they need to fix a pet.

"Well, classic excuses... 'My cat never leaves the house.' or 'My cat would never escape.' or 'My dog would never leave the backyard.' or 'My dog needs to have one litter just so she can be a real dog.' but that's not necessary," she said.

She also said most, if not all, the animals that come in are not fixed, or are part of an unwanted litter.

If you do not want to put your dog under the knife, there is also now way to neuter male dogs without surgery.

An injection called Zeuterin, which takes about three months to fully sterilize the dog.

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