Tuesday, February 28, 2012
World Spay Day!
Spay and neuter . . . . . . we hear it all the time, but the message is always an important one. Spaying and neutering your pets is beneficial not only to your pet, but to help control the overpopulation of cats and dogs.
Many shelters are offering low cost spay and neuter surgeries. You can find a World Spay Day event at HUSUA's website.
Here are several of many reasons why your pets should be spayed and/or neutered:
1. Spaying females reduces the risk of breast cancer (yes, pets get it too and it is 90% fatal in cats, 50% in dogs) and uterine infections. Spaying before the first heat is the recommendation.
2. Neutering reduces the urge to roam. Approximately 80% of pets hit by cars are unneutered males. Also prevents unwanted litters, and testicular cancers.
3. Multiple pets in a home will get along better.
4. Male cats won't have the urge to spray. Aggression problems avoided if neutered early.
5. Overpopulation in shelters - 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized every year. Can you wrap your brain around that number? If that doesn't make you spay and/or neuter, what will?
Please help educate those who don't understand the importance of spaying and neutering!