Why Spay/Neuter Pets
When adopting companion pets, pet owners may not think about spaying and neutering pets; but there are several reasons why it's best to talk to a veterinarian about the process.
Typically, pet owners should consider spaying/neutering pets around six months of age - or before their first heat cycle. The surgical process is brief and relatively harmless to the pets. The result will leave pets safe from sexually transmitted diseases such as brucellosis and a reduction of the number of homeless pets walking around streets.
There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. Of this 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation's 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
After pet adoption from local animal shelters, speak with a veterinarian about spaying/neutering dogs and cats. April is traditionally kitten season; and the process can reduce the homeless pet population.
- Jenn Smith