Sending your pet to the vet can be scary, especially if it’s for surgery. Because of this, a lot of people don’t want to have their pets spayed or neutered. Photo by @sit_ollie_sit
However, this procedure is very important for your pet’s health and the health of other pets! Here are five reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet:
1. They will have a healthier life. Studies have proven that pets who are spayed/neutered live longer than pets who are not. Spaying prevents uterine or breast cancer in female pets. In male pets, neutering prevents testicular cancer.
2. Your pet is less likely to get lost. When male or female pets are not spayed or neutered, they are more likely to run away from home to find a mate. If they can’t have babies, they are calmer and will stick around home.
3. It prevents messes. Spayed and neutered pets are less inclined to mark their territory by going to the bathroom in the house. No one likes cleaning up pet messes!
4. It saves money. There are all kinds of costs associated with having a pet that is not spayed or neutered: cleaning up their messes; bailing them out of the shelter if they run away; unexpected vet bills; and worst of all, trying to take care of accidental babies. Responsibly raising a litter means feeding them, cleaning them, taking them to the vet, and trying to find homes. This can get very expensive! Spaying or neutering your pets prevents any unexpected litters.
5. It helps the whole community! Pets can have multiple litters of multiple babies each year, and their babies can then have babies. As many animal-lovers as there are out there, there are simply not enough homes for all of these pets. By spaying or neutering your pet, you can prevent hundreds of pets from becoming homeless and entering shelters. Photo by @sit_ollie_sit
So remember to spay and neuter your pets! Contact your local veterinarian for information about spaying and neutering, or speak to your local animal shelter for cost-reducing spay/neuter vouchers. Spaying and neutering is all part of being a responsible pet owner.
Join our challenge of the day on our app! #ItSlaysToSpay! Make a poster to raise awareness! Hang up the poster at your school, library, or a public bulletin to educate more people on this pawesome life saving surgery!