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February is National Prevent A Litter Month! If you’re an animal lover, like we are, you may know that pet overpopulation is a huge problem. There are thousands of sweet, friendly dogs and cats in shelters at any given time. Read on as an Oconomowoc, WI vet discusses the importance of preventing unwanted litters.
Did you know that one pair of kitties can have 11, 606, 077 offspring in just 9 years? This is one of the main reasons there are so many stray and feral cats out there fending for themselves. Shelters just can’t keep up with the number of pets coming through their doors. This unfortunately results in high euthanasia numbers. According to National Humane Education Society, as many as 11,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in American animal shelters every day. Getting your pet fixed will ensure that they don’t contribute to these sad statistics.
If you haven’t had your furry pal fixed yet, we recommend getting this done right away. It’s best to do this while Fluffy and Fido are still young, but pets can still be fixed after they’ve reached maturity. Your vet will be able to advise you on when this should be done. This may vary a bit, depending on whether your animal companion is a dog or cat, and how old they are. Ask your vet for more information.
Although the biggest reason to get your pet fixed is to prevent unwanted litters, there are many other benefits as well. Pets that have been fixed are much less likely to run off looking for love, so this can reduce the chances of your furry pal getting lost. They’re also generally calmer and better behaved than intact dogs and cats. If you have a cat, you’ll also be spared the sound of Fluffy’s amorous love songs, which is actually reason enough in and of itself.
If you’ve gotten your pet fixed, then you’ve already helped prevent unwanted litters. If you want to do more, considering donating money or supplies to a local shelter or TNR program. Spreading awareness will also help. Even sharing posts on social media can make a difference! After all, when it comes to helping animals, every little bit counts.
Do you need to schedule spay/neuter surgery for your pet? Contact us, your Oconomowoc, WI vet clinic, today!