Bob Barker was the legendary host of the Price Is Right who would often close the game show by reminding us to spay and neuter our pets. These wise words that still ring true today!
Spaying and neutering your pets is an important decision for every pet owner. It’s another way we care for our special friends and positively impact their pet health! The simple practice of spaying and neutering cuts down on the homelessness population of healthy animals that are euthanized each year just because there aren’t enough homes for these precious animals.
There are health benefits to spaying your pets such as preventing uterine infections and breast tumors. Neutering your male pets prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems. There are behavioral benefits too! Mating behaviors such as roaming and marking are reduced. Research also shows that neutering males cuts down on aggression and promotes better behavior – just another benefit from this surgery!
While these seem like great benefits and will likely help you lean towards taking care of your animals in this way, the search for finding the best places to go to have your pets spayed or neutered can be a bit more daunting!
Veterinarians are equipped to help pet parents make the best decisions for their pets. Many are equipped to perform the procedure right in their office. Some shelters and humane societies offer these services as well. The ASPCA and Humane Society both offer great searchable resources on the websites for finding local providers in your area. Just remember that this is a common procedure and it will positively affect the life of your precious pets! Seeking to care for your pets in this way is an act of love and creates healthier, happier pets!
World Spay Day is this February 28th! Needless lives are lost each year because pets haven’t been spayed and neutered. What better way to celebrate the love we have for our pets than to take a few minutes to become an important part of the solution to this problem. Go a step further and call your friends and family to remind them of the wise words Bob Barker shared with all of us! Don’t forget to spay and neuter your pets!