|February is spay/neuter awareness month, and 2021 marks the OHS's fifth year participating in World Spay Day. On Feb. 23, to meet pandemic safety precautions, there will be a slightly smaller group than in years past, but this mighty team will aim to spay/neuter a combined total of more than 40 cats, dogs and rabbits currently in the care of local partners. Help celebrate by raising awareness for spay/neutering benefits and dispelling some of the common myths that prevent pet owners from having their pet sterilized.
Here are a few spay/neuter facts to combat common spay/neuter myths:
Myth: It's not natural to spay/neuter and it's unhealthy for pets.
Fact: Neutering prevents cancer and other medical problems and spaying helps prevent uterine infections and cancers. Spaying or neutering will help your companion live a longer, healthier life.
Myth: My pet needs to have a litter/one heat before sterilization.
Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. The evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.
Myth: Neutering will make my male dog/cat less of a male.
Fact: Pets do not have any concept of sexual identity, gender or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality nor experience any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
Myth: My pet will gain weight and become lazy.
Fact: Overfeeding and lack of exercise are the leading cause of pet obesity, not sterilization.
Currently, with the increased demand for puppies and kittens, finding homes for all of a pet's litter may not be challenging, but doing so means fewer homes for all the dogs and cats in shelters. Overpopulation is a problem perpetuated by each new litter.
Spay/neuter is the most responsible decision an owner can make for their pet. Not only does it help the pet live a happier, healthier life, but it will save the lives of many others as well.
To help recognize February's cause, consider sharing these facts, becoming an OHS PAW monthly donor or supporting World Spay Day at the OHS on Feb. 23.