Celebrate Prevent-A-Litter Month
Posted on February 25, 2011 under Pet Health & Safety
Did you know that each day there are 10,000 humans born in the U.S., but 70,000 puppies and kittens? As you can see, there will never be enough homes for all of the puppies and kittens.
The overpopulation of dogs and cats in the U.S. is out of control, and shelters around the country are filled beyond capacity. Do your part to help prevent unwanted litters by spaying and neutering your pets.
Not only does spaying and neutering your pet ensure that they aren’t contributing to the pet overpopulation problem, their pet health will be improved. Dogs that have been altered live 1 to 3 years longer, and altered cats can add 3 to 5 years to their life.
There are other pet health benefits that altering your pet offers. Females that have been altered will not have a heat cycle, which means they will not attract males. The urge to roam is less in females that have been altered. Females that are altered have a lessened risk of getting mammary tumors and uterine and ovarian cancer. If they are spayed before their first heat cycle, their risk of these conditions is almost eliminated. Spaying also eliminated their risk of getting uterine infections.
Neutering male dogs has significant health and behavior benefits. Males that are neutered are less likely to spray and mark their territory. Neutering also decreases aggressive behavior. When it comes to their health, they are at a lower risk of getting prostate diseases and their risk of testicular cancer is eliminated.
If veterinary costs are preventing you from getting your pet spayed or neutered, contact your local spay and neuter assistance programs. These programs work with people who want to have their pets altered but cannot afford it. Some pet insurance companies, like Pets Best Insurance also offer spay and neuter benefits with their wellness packages.