Responsible Pet Owner Month

Responsible Pet Owner Month

I know it’s the last week of February, but dental month always takes most of the posts!  But…February is also responsible pet owner month.  So for the rest of the week, I would like to highlight that some with a five part series on what does it mean to be a responsible pet owner.  To your cranky neighbor, responsible pet ownership might mean keeping your pet out of the their yard or not letting your pet poop in their yard.  To others it might mean “fixing” your pet or “vaccinating” your pet.

I believe it is those mentioned above and more.  So let’s talk today about why you should “fix” you pets and why spay and neutering are important for your pet as well as a great sign you are being a responsible pet owner.

Part 3 Spay/Neutering your pets:

Consider the following facts:

  • An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter
  • An average cat has 2-3 litters per year
    • So you can see how fast the cat population can grow.

35% of pet owners do not spay their pets.  There are about 8 million strays and unwanted animals taken to shelter every year.

  • Dogs can have 2 litters a year
  • Each litter usually has 6-8 pups

So lets review why spaying & neutering your pet helps:

  • Decreases your pets cancer risk
  • Helps with pet overpopulation
  • reduces behavior problems
  • decreases the urge to roam
  • Less risk of infections of the uterus
  • less likely to be aggressive
  • increases the life span by 3-5 years

These statistics should make it an easy decision why you should “fix” your pet.  They do not have the critical thinking we do to make the decision not to have offspring or more offspring.  Nature tells them to.

Be a responsible pet owner!

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