Fur Kids Foundation board members believe that one very important way to keep pets healthy is to spay and neuter them. Today, we wanted to discuss why in four very simple points.
1. Spaying helps your female pet live a longer and healthier life. We’ve had multiple veterinarians, from all of the clinics in Gillette, tell us that spaying helps prevent uterine infections like pyometra and breast cancer. According to the ASPCA, breast cancer is fatal in nearly 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2. Neutering your male pet helps to prevent aggression, roaming, urine marking, and a variety of other unwanted male behaviors. It also helps to prevent testicular cancer in male dogs.
3. It’s affordable. Look at it this way: can you afford the cost of your pet having a littler? Listen to us: The cost of your pet's spay or neuter procedure is much, much less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.
4. It’s good for the community and helps to fight pet overpopulation. According to the ASPCA, stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets, and in shelters or rescues. The 2012 City of Gillette Animal Control Report, states that more than 1,000 animals were euthanized in the local animal shelter, down from nearly 1,300 in 2011. The ASPCA reports that every year, millions of pets are euthanized or suffer as strays. Many times, the animals in shelters are the offspring of family pets. Much of this could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
Dogs and cats can be fixed at any time during their life span. Your veterinarian can address any concerns there might be about performing the procedure.
Spay or neuter your pet for a healthy and happy life. It’s really that simple. If that doesn't sway you, we also encourage it because of stories like these from Black Dog Animal Rescue:
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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