February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month! Many people wonder if spaying or neutering their pet is really that important and YES, it is. Check out these reasons why altering your dog or cat is a good idea …
Maricopa County is filled with homeless pets. Did you know that euthanasia kills more companion animals than any other disease? Did you know that dogs can have two litters a year (with an average number of 6-10 pups per litter) and cats can have three litters a year (with an average number of 4-6 kittens per litter)? That’s a LOT of puppies and kittens. Why would you want to contribute to the problem by allowing your dog or cat to have babies? Spaying and neutering is the only permanent, 100% effective form of birth control for dogs and cats.
There are also health benefits associated with spaying and neutering. Spayed and neutered pets are far less likely to develop mammary cancer, testicular cancer and other infections of the reproductive organs. Uterine and ovarian cancers are completely prevented by spaying.
But wait, there’s more! It’s not just about your pet’s physical health. Spayed and neutered pets (especially male cats) may experience positive changes in their behavioral health, too. Neutering a male cat can solve nearly 90% of all marking issues. Additionally, neutered pets may be less likely to roam or go in search of females in heat.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet, visit: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet.