February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

February recognized as National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. The purpose is to encourage individuals to have their pets sterilized before the spring and summer months. There are many benefits of spaying or neutering your dog or cat, which we will discuss.

National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

What is Spay and Neuter?

Both spay and neuter are common terms for surgical procedures that prevent animals from producing offspring.

Our veterinarians here at All Pets can perform both spays and neuters. These surgeries are common within the first 12 months of life and require pain management practices.

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

Health Benefits

Neutering your male dog or cat eliminates the risk of testicular cancer. In addition, it greatly reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Spaying your female dog or cat eliminates the risk of uterine infections (pyometra), as well as uterine and ovarian cancer. Additionally, if you spay your pet before the first heat cycle, there’s a great reduction in risk of breast cancer.

Behavioral Benefits

Male cats are less likely to spray to mark territory if neutered. Also, neutered dogs and cats are less likely to feel the urge to roam in search of a mate.

Female pets will no longer have a heat cycle once they undergo spay surgery. Therefore, this reduces unwanted behaviors and eliminates the risk of unplanned pregnancy. Altered pets are generally calmer and better-behaved than unaltered pets.

Population Benefits

According to the American Humane Association, 8 million stray and unwanted animals are taken in by U.S. shelters each year.

Therefore, spaying or neutering your pet can help make a dent in the massive pet overpopulation problem in our country.

Cost Savings

The cost of a spay or neuter procedure is less than the cost of caring for even a single litter. Altered pets are healthier, so you will save in the long run by spaying or neutering your pet.

How to Spread Awareness

We encourage everyone to spread the word about National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month through social media. In addition, you can also help by raisinge funds for the paws cause.

National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month broadens its outreach on World Spay Day, which also takes place in February. For more information on National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day click here.


Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most importance decisions you can make to ensure their health and happiness. Contact us with the link below for more information, or to schedule your spay/neuter surgery with our vets today!

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