By having your pet spayed or neutered, you can do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens and enhance your pet’s health and quality of life. The following video gives you the facts on why having your pet surgically sterilized is the responsible thing to do.
- Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because they do not have homes. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
- “Spay” means removing a female animal’s ovaries and uterus so that she cannot reproduce.
- “Neuter” refers to removing a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot reproduce. (“Neuter” can refer to either sex but is typically used for males).
- Spaying and neutering dramatically reduces the number of stray animals on the streets and in shelters.
- Pets should be spayed or neutered at young ages, before 6 months for a male and before a female’s first heat.
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