Did you know that February is National Spay & Neuter Month? I have a feeling it’s going to be a popular topic here at The Lazy Pit Bull for the rest of the month.
Now if you’re like me, you probably think that photo above is one of the most adorable sights in the world.
But the problem is, those sweet little faces grow up and become dogs. And there are already so many dogs in the world. So many are sitting in shelters all over this country, waiting for new homes, and sadly, many of them won’t make it out alive.
Did you know the Pit Bull is the most euthanized dog in the United States? In total, more than 4 million unwanted dogs and cats are put to death annually because there aren’t enough homes for all of them.
There are so many myths about spaying and neutering. Have you ever heard that a female dog or cat should have at least one litter before being spayed? This is a common belief, but there’s no medical evidence to support that myth. In fact, veterinarians believe that spaying reduces the risk of uterine, mammary, and ovarian cancer in female pets.
Have you heard that spaying or neutering will make your pet fat? Again, there’s no medical evidence to back this up. Any pet has the potential to gain weight if they’re overfed and under-exercised. You can prevent this by being diligent in your feeding, as well as making sure your pet gets plenty of exercise.
In addition to helping curb the pet over-population problem, spaying and neutering has many positive benefits for your pet.
In addition to the cancers that may be prevented in females, male pets are less likely to contract testicular cancer when they’ve been neutered. Neutering also reduces the urge for boys to fight, which is obviously a huge plus.
Spaying and neutering will prevent pets of both genders from “marking their territory”, and also curbs the urge to escape the safety of your house for the great outdoors. A pet that’s been “fixed” isn’t so interested in going outside – at least not for the purposes of finding a mate.
What if you can’t afford to spay or neuter your pet? Well luckily, there are many low-cost and even free spay and neuter clinics. Google is a great resource for finding clinics in your area.
In addition to spaying and neutering your existing pets, I strongly suggest that when you decide to add a new furry family member to your clan, don’t shop – adopt! Stay away from puppy mills and backyard breeders. I’m betting you’ll find the perfect pet waiting for you in a local animal shelter, humane society, or rescue!