February marks National Responsible Pet Owners Month, a reminder for pet owners to stay up-to-date with identification tags, first aid, training, nutrition and health screenings. Dr. Jan Pol, star of National Geographic WILD’s No. 1 series, “The Incredible Dr. Pol,” shares expert health tips on the importance of spaying our four-legged friends in honor of Spay Day, which is Feb. 23.
Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized each year because of overcrowding and poorly-funded shelters. To reduce this number, Dr. Pol strongly advocates spaying and neutering for the following reasons:
- Spayed/neutered pets are healthier. Many acquired diseases in cats and dogs are hormone related— especially mammary or prostate cancers.
- Spayed/neutered pets are “cleaner.” They don’t have to mark their territory to tell everybody they are available.
- Spayed/neutered pets usually live longer. When they don’t run looking for a mate, they don’t get into fights, hit by cars or injured in other ways.
- Spayed/neutered pets are less likely to develop pyometra or prostratitis as they age. These diseases usually must be treated through surgery.
- Spaying/neutering your pets can save you money. Dog licenses are cheaper in most areas if the dog is spayed or neutered; it also saves in county taxes.