February is Spay/Neuter month. This month, make the most important decision you can make for your pet’s life. It’s a simple fix.
Spaying or neutering your pet may not seem like a big priority, but putting it off, or deciding against it, can lead to bigger problems than you’re bargaining on — for you, your pet, and your community. How great are the rewards? Well, let us tell you...
1. Your pet’s health will benefit. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
2. Your pet’s behaviour — and your sleep — will benefit! Unspayed felines can go into heat every three weeks during breeding season, yowling at all times of day and night as they seek out mates. Intact males tend to roam widely, escaping from houses and yards and risking injury in traffic and fights with other males. They mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering. Neutered animals, on the other hand, tend to focus more attention on their human families.
3. Your pocketbook will thank you. Spay/neuter is a one-time cost. It’s a lot less than vet bills to treat your unaltered cat after it gets into a fight with a neighbouring tom, or the ongoing cleaning bills to rid the house of urine-marking odours.
4. Your community will thank you. Every year across our country, hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are abandoned. Too many suffer as strays; too many are euthanized. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. Even just one litter, and even if you can find them homes...those are homes that could have been taken by homeless animals in need.This month, help us spread the word. Spaying and neutering is not just a good idea, it’s a life-saving choice.
OHS Deputy Director