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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and 26 February is World Spay Day.

Why it’s Important

The aim is to make people aware of the importance of neutering and spaying their pets because there are too many unwanted, unloved pets in the world. It’s not only heartbreaking, but cruel and unacceptable. Spreading awareness and educating others can help everyone become more responsible and caring pet owners.

THERE ARE SEVERAL IMPORTANT REASONS WHY PET OWNERS SHOULD NEUTER AND SPAY THEIR PETS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

The Benefits and Importance of Neutering and Spaying

As you can see, it’s a long, relevant list that benefits puppies and kittens, as well as adult dogs and cats directly, not to mention other animals, and also humans indirectly.

Neutering and spaying:

  • Promote health
  • Increase lifespan
  • Reduce risk of cancer
  • Prevent unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminate costs of unwanted pets
  • Help prevent or reduce aggression
  • Prevent the birth of unwanted pets
  • Reduce risk of contracting infections
  • Reduce the number of shelter animals
  • Help prevent or reduce behavioural issues
  • Help prevent the development of diseases
  • Reduce likelihood of (or interest in) roaming
  • Reduce number of animals that need to be euthanised

Spaying specifically:

  • Prevents females from going into heat
  • Reduces distress which can be caused by recurrent heat
  • Eliminates the need for medicines (with possible side effects) that suppress heats

GOOD TO KNOW

Recovery is usually rapid and the relevant procedure only needs to be performed once in a pet’s life.

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