Happy World Spay Day: Time To Get It Done

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cats in a shelter on world spay day

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World Spay Day is observed on the last Tuesday in February every year. This year, that falls on February 26th, 2019. It’s a day to promote awareness and encourage pet owners to have their female animals spayed–as well as neutering their male pets–to keep the pet population under control.

Every year, shelters put down hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs due to overpopulation across the United States. That’s why this day is so important. Reducing that overpopulation helps reduce the amount of unwanted cats, frees up resources at animal shelters, and prevents unnecessary euthanasia. Here’s what you should know for World Spay Day.

Spaying And Neutering: Time To Get It Done

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Talk to your veterinarian about the best time to spay or neuter your pet if you haven’t done so already. Fixing your furry family member doesn’t just affect the overall pet population, though that is one of the most important benefits of these procedures. Spaying–for females–and neutering–for males–has an abundance of health benefits for your individual pet, too.

“Behaviorally, spaying or neutering your pet can keep them from roaming, spraying, and marking their territory; medically, it can prevent disease or illness later in life,” says Dr. Stacy Eckman, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

The Top Five Reasons To Fix Your Cat

  1. Spaying and neutering reduce overpopulation and euthanasia of unwanted animals.
  2. Spayed or neutered cats usually live longer, healthier lives.
  3. Altered cats have less risk of getting mammary and perianal gland tumors, prostate cancer, and uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancers.
  4. Sterilization cuts back on the urge to roam, aggression between cats, and unwanted behaviors like marking.
  5. You will save money on vet bills by having a healthier cat!

If the costs of spaying or neutering your pet is a deterrent, contact your local animal shelter. Ask about low cost spay/neuter clinics. Organizations such as Best Friends Animal Society and the ASPCA  may be able to point you toward low cost spay/neuter programs in your area.

And remember, spaying and neutering doesn’t hurt your pet. “Just as every anesthetic/surgical event carries a risk, this does as well, but proper examination and testing prior to the procedure can mitigate many of these risks,” Dr. Eckman says. “By spaying or neutering your pet, you will be acting in the best interest of the animal’s health, saving money in the long run, and potentially providing a deserving, homeless animal with a loving home.”

Will you help spread awareness for World Spay Day? How else can cat lovers get the word out? Let us know in the comments below!