World Spay Day
February 28 is World Spay Day! Today we recognize the importance of spaying/neutering our pets. There are many benefits and it can save lives!
Spaying or neutering reduces the risk of the following health conditions:
- Uterine infection: Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition that can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
- Mammary Tumors (breast cancer): Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Spaying reduces the risk of these tumors.
- Testicular Cancer: This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
- Behavioral Problems: Unwanted behaviors such as dominance, aggression, marking territory, and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.
Spaying or neutering helps with overpopulation.
There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.
Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask your veterinarian when to spay or neuter your pet.
If you have any questions about the spay/neuter process or would like to set up an appointment for your pet, call us at (319) 351-4256 today!