In recognition of the importance of spaying and neutering pets, we look at World Spay Day. Today, the last Tuesday of February, the Humane Society of the United States would like to bring awareness to the importance of spaying and neutering our pets.
There are two main benefits of spaying and neutering our pets which include:
- Population control. We are all aware of the problem of overcrowded shelters (about 4 million homeless animals in shelters across the country), as well as foster homes, and even stray pets on the street. Did you know that one unspayed cat and her descendants can produce 420,000 kittens in 7 years?!With more people being responsible about spaying and neutering their pets, we could see a reduction in the high number of pets in shelters and without homes.
- Health benefits. Spaying and neutering has many positives that can help your dog or cat’s health in the long run. It can greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer in females. Additionally, it prevents females from developing ovarian or uterine cancers and testicular cancer in male cats and dogs. Some other conditions that are prevented are pyometra in females and prostate disease in males.
Finally, spaying and neutering can produce many benefits on your pet’s behavior if it is done before they become sexually mature. Getting your pet altered early can reduce behaviors such as fighting, aggression, urine marking, and roaming.
Don’t let your kitty or pup become a teen mom unexpectedly, and be sure to get them spayed or neutered!