One of the most important and talked-about aspects of pet parenting is getting your pet spayed or neutered. To help us remember just how crucial this step is, the entire month of February has been named Spay & Neuter Awareness Month by The Humane Society of the United States.
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Why Have My Pet Fixed?
Having your pet spayed or neutered not only helps control the ever-growing pet population and curb the amount of homeless pets, it also helps your pet be better behaved, and offers health benefits. Pets that have been fixed have a decreased urge to roam, which could mean preventing an escape from the backyard or accident with a car. Pets that are neutered are no longer at risk for testicular or ovarian cancer.
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A Perfect Example of Why It's Important - The Sochi Debacle
Some people feel guilty having their pet fixed, but think about this: if your pet ends up getting pregnant or impregnating another, they have just created 5-10 new lives, each requiring a home and a family to look after them.
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In just a few short years, a stray pet population can explode. The world has recently seen the results of this exact problem. The recent killing of stray dogs in Sochi prior to the Winter Olympics could have been prevented. Had there been an effort made to fix the strays, such as with a trap-neuter-return program, there wouldn't have been so many dogs in Sochi come time for the Olympics.
Spaying and neutering is the humane thing to do.
When Should I Get My Pet Fixed?
The best time to spay or neuter is usually around 6 months of age, but recent research suggests it should be later for large breed dogs. Talk to your vet about the best timeframe. If money is tight, look for discount spay and neuter events in your area, hosted by shelters or humane societies.
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