The month of February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month as well as National Prevent a Litter Month, and February 24th is World Spay Day.
With so many spay and neuter events going on this month, I thought now would be a good time to remind everyone of how important it is to spay and neuter your pets, refuse to support puppy mills and pet overpopulation and adopt pets from shelters and rescues instead!
BONUS: If you adopt a dog or cat from a shelter, the spay/neuter fee is usually included, along with the cost of shots.
I remember that I adopted my Annie the day of her spay surgery. She was passed out from the surgery still, and the lady who adopted her to me said, “Are you sure you don’t want to wait until she’s awake and see her personality? That little thing isn’t scared to run with the big dogs out here!” I told her no, that I was ready to take on the responsibility, and I took Annie home. Now I am glad that I did! She has such a big personality, that no one else would have been able to handle her… although, she has slowed down some in her old age. She is nine years old now.
Here’s Annie doing her favorite thing: catching tennis balls.
Your animal’s behavior may change a little after spaying/neutering. Males may be less aggressive or territorial, which is a good thing! Males will also tend to break out and roam less. Your pet may be calmer after surgery as well.
Calorie intake amounts may change for your dog or cat after surgery, so adjust the amount you are feeding to any changes in metabolism to make sure your pet maintains a healthy weight.
At What Age?
Your puppy or kitten is ready to be spayed or neutered between 4-6 months of age. You can also spay or neuter your pet later in life if it is not done as a puppy or kitten, though surgeries are easiest on younger animals.
Where Do I Go?
You can talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering, or you can visit your local Humane Society, which has a low-cost spay and neuter program.