February is Spay Neuter Month

FEBRUARY IS SPAY/NEUTER AWARENESS MONTH

February is known for love, not that you need a special reason to flourish adoration on your four-legged loved one(s). This month is also National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and the perfect time to consider having your dog or cat spayed/neutered if they are not yet already. It’s not a cheap procedure if not done through a shelter at the time of adoption, so if finances are a concern, please visit http://www.laanimalservices.com/general-information/spay-neuter/ for Free and Low Cost options. Or, if you are undecided about spaying/neutering your pet, please take a moment to read Found Animals’ List of Spay/Neuter Benefits.

Feet and Paws_Berlin_Sleeping Dog Bed

This is Berlin, my gorgeous spayed girl. With so many homeless dogs, I am happy she cannot have another litter of puppies (her belly shows that she had at least one before we adopted her at age 2).

What Are the Advantages?

  • Spayed or neutered animals no longer feel the need to roam to look for a mate, they stay home and have less of a chance of being involved in accidents such as being hit by a car, and lower incidence of contracting contagious diseases.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet reduces the risk of certain types of cancer that can be terminal for your pet, not to mention EXPENSIVE to treat.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet can also eliminate undesirable behaviors like spraying, marking and fighting.
  • Dogs and cats spayed before their first heat (six months of age) are virtually assured of not developing mammary cancer, a relatively common disease in unspayed females.
  • Spayed pets cannot develop the uterine infection called ”Pyometra,” which occurs commonly among older, unspayed dogs and cats. Pyometra is a life threatening disease.
  • Spayed animals do not go through heat cycles or produce unwanted puppies or kittens. “Heat” refers to the time when female dogs and cats prepare for mating and pregnancy.
  • In Los Angeles it is the law and fines can start at $100. It is also cheaper to register your pet with the city if he/she is neutered or spayed.

Answers to Common Questions

  • Spaying or neutering will NOT make your dog or cat fat and lazy unless they are overfed.
  • It is NOT true that a cat or dog should have one litter before being spayed. This only leads to more unwanted puppies and kittens.
  • It is NOT true that a cat or dog should have one heat cycle before being spayed.
  • Altering your pet will NOT change your pet’s personality. Cats’ personalities do not fully develop until about one year of age, and dogs’ between one and two years. If your pet’s personality changes after spaying at an early age, it would have changed without surgery.

Read more at http://www.foundanimals.org/pet-spay-neuter/spay-neuter-benefits

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