February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and the Humane Society of Missouri has a few tips on why it’s important to spay/neuter the family pets.
• Spay and neuter will reduce the number of strays and unwanted animals in the community. Pet overpopulation is a serious issue in St. Louis and these surgeries are an easy way to keep strays off the streets.
• Neutering has numerous health benefits for male pets. It prevents testicular cancer, decreases aggressive behavior and reduces its desire to roam and find a mate.
• Spaying will reduce the likelihood of breast cancer and uterine infections in female cats and dogs.
• It is cost-effective. The cost of caring for a litter and other medical issues that could be prevented is significant. Shelters often offer operations at a reduced price, making it affordable for families of all incomes.
• Fixing your furry friend will increase its chances of a prolonged life. The lifespan of a dog will increase by an average of one to three years, while the lifespan of a cat will increase by three to five years.