February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and February 28th is World Spay Day so now is a good time to remind ourselves why the decision to spay/neuter your pet is a compassionate act that benefits your pet in many ways. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s so important spay/neuter your pet:
Spay/Neuter Controls the Pet Population
There are between 6 and 8 million homeless pets entering shelters every year and nearly half are euthanized, usually due to lack of space or funds to take care of those who haven’t been adopted. There is no shortage of healthy and lovable adoptable pets available, so by spaying/neutering your pet you are helping to keep the pet population at a manageable level that will reduce the number of pet deaths every year by keeping homeless pets from becoming strays or ending up in overcrowded shelters.
Spay/Neuter Improves Your Pet’s Behavior
Unaltered pets are prone to unwanted behaviors like territory marking, aggression, and excessive barking. By spaying or neutering your pet, they will have not have as strong of a desire to roam and will be less likely to engage in dominance-related behavior, both of which are contributing factors to reduced life span due to injury. The younger your pet is when you have them altered, the more likely it is that you will be able to prevent any negative behavior from becoming ingrained and most likely permanent. Spaying and neutering is a great way to ensure that you and your pet have a positive and stress-free relationship.
Spay/Neuter Improves Your Pet’s Health
Spaying and neutering has been proven to prolong your pet’s life by several years, with males living 18% longer and females living 23% longer. It also helps to prevent the growth of tumors, cysts, uterine cancer in females, and testicular and
prostate cancers in males. As with behavioral issues, pets will reap the most health benefits the younger they are at the time of spaying/neutering and can help you save significantly on the costs of veterinary bills over the duration of your pet’s lifetime.
By doing this service for your pet, you will not only have a healthy, happy companion for many years to come, but you will also benefit your community at large. February 28th is World Spay Day and both the Humane Society and the ASPCA offer useful search tools to help you find affordable spaying/neutering services in your area.
The Humane Society’s Pets for Life program also addresses the needs of pets and their owners in under-served areas who are not financially able to give their pets the care they require. Their studies have shown that 87% of pets living in these communities have not been spayed or neutered and their initiative helps people get their pets spayed, neutered, vaccinated, and offers free instruction on training, wellness, and provides supplies.
No matter where you live or what your financial situation, there is help available for you to make sure your pet will live a long life of good health and furry cuddles.
Here’s a link to a printable flyer from The Humane Association you can use to share!