Why a Spay Could Save Your Pet's Day

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The 28th of February marks the 23rd annual World Spay Day, an annual campaign that aims to encourage pet owners to save animals lives by neutering companion animals and feral cats.

Launched in 1995 by the Doris Day Animal League, World Spay Day has been recognised by nearly 70 countries, shining a light on the power of affordable, accessible spay and neuter to save the lives of animals that may otherwise be put to sleep due to pet overpopulation.

At Medivet, we understand there are many benefits to neutering your pet – so we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the reasons why neutering your pet is so important.

What is neutering?

Neutering is the term used to describe the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ, either all of it or a considerably large part of it.

Neutering is the process of surgically preventing an animal from reproducing. It has amazing benefits for both you and your pet, but it also helps to curb overpopulation where sadly, thousands of animals are left abandoned or dumped as a result of there being insufficient homes.

What is the difference between a castrate and a spay?

To put it very simply, the terms ‘spaying’ and ‘castrating’ are used to describe the surgical procedures in females and males. The operation for removing a male’s reproductive organs is called castration, and in females, the operation is called a spay.

Castration involves removing both testicles to eliminate the main source of the male testosterone. Whereas spaying involves removing both the ovaries and the uterus so that females are unable to become pregnant.

The benefits of neutering your pet

The decision to neuter your pet will be one of the single biggest health decisions you will make for their long-term health. There are so many benefits for why neutering is a great idea. Here are a few:

  • Helps them live longer, happier lives
  • Stops male cats from roaming when females are in season
  • Prevents females from developing life-threatening uterine infections, such as pyometra
  • Eliminates the number of health problems that are difficult and/or expensive to treat
  • Prevents some forms of cancer from developing in your pet, especially those that affect the mammary glands, ovaries and uterus in females, and the testes in males (particularly the occurrence of testicular cancer)
  • Prevents females from going into heat
  • Reduces behavioural problems such as mounting family members
  • Makes pets more docile
  • Prevents false pregnancies

Neutering also benefits you

  • Neutering makes for a better, more affectionate companion
  • Castrated or spayed pets are less likely to spray or mark their territory in unwanted places, like your home!

As you can see, there are so many positive reasons for why it’s great to neuter your pet, so don’t wait until the last Tuesday of February to take action.

Is your pet signed up to our Medivet Healthcare Plan? If so, you’ll receive 10% off your pet’s neutering procedure*. If not, why not see how your pet can benefit from the preventative healthcare that’s included in our Medivet Healthcare Plan?

If you have an unneutered pet and would like further information and advice about the neutering procedure, use our online practice finder tool to find your local Medivet practice and give the friendly team a call – our vets and nurses will be only too pleased to help you!

Lead the way and help curb overpopulation today!

*Please note that the 10% discount does not cover non-prescription medication or retail products such as leads and toys.

Posted February 15, 2017 by Cara Zaleski in Preventative Healthcare

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