February has been designated as National Spay and Neuter Awareness month in effort to raise awareness about pet overpopulation and to also educate owners about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian has provided a list of why it is beneficial to “fix” your pet.
Health Benefits: Neutering your male pet eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and greatly reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer. Spaying your female pet eliminates the risk of uterine infections such as pyometra as well as uterine and ovarian cancer. Breast cancer is greatly reduced if the procedure is done before the first heat cycle.
Behavioral Benefits: Males will exhibit fewer testosterone-driven behaviors like urinating to mark territory, aggression and roaming. Females are less likely to fight as well as roam in search of a mate.
Overpopulation of Animals: According to the Humane Society of the United States approximately 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters each year and only 10% of them were spayed or neutered.
Choosing to spay or neuter is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure your pet’s health and happiness. Everyone is responsible in the fight to solve the pet overpopulation or at least void contributing to the burden. Contact our office today to find out more about spaying and neutering your furry family member!