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February is National Spay and Neuter Month

Feb 18, 2016

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February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. During this month, veterinary clinics and animal welfare organizations across the United States will be helping pet owners understand the benefits of spaying and neutering companion animals. In conjunction with Spay/Neuter Month, the Humane Society of United States (HSUS) launches a special campaign on the last Tuesday of every February called World Spay Day. This year, World Spay Day is on February 23.

World Spay Day focuses on spreading awareness of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, stray cats and dogs that might otherwise be euthanized in overcrowded shelters or killed on the streets. Learn more about World Spay Day here

We hope that in this blog post we can help break some of the misconceptions surrounding spaying and neutering. 

Benefits of Spaying/Neutering

  • Minimizes serious, acute health conditions/diseases as pets age
  • Reduces medical expenses per pet over its lifespan
  • Reduces number of stray/unwanted pets on streets that are prone to trauma (e.g. car accidents)
  • Reduces (and hopefully, eliminates) healthy pets from being euthanized due to overcrowding of animal shelters across the United States

Watch this short video to learn more!

Fix at Four

Did you know that dogs and cats can get pregnant as early as four months? It’s shocking to think that our little fur babies can actually get pregnant so young, but it’s true. About 50% of all pets born in the United States are accidents. These accidental births have caused an overpopulation of companion animals, many of which are left homeless – out on the streets or dumped at an already crowded shelter. And the sad truth is that every year about four million homeless pets are euthanized in shelters.

Join us this month in promoting spay/neuter awareness! 

Share this post with fellow pet owners to educate them on the benefits spaying/neutering. And don’t forget to alert new pet parents to fix at four months. 

Need to spay or neuter your pet? 

If you are interested in learning more about spaying and neutering your pet, please contact your primary care veterinarian. If you don’t have a family veterinarian for you pet, give us a call at 757-935-9111 and we can provide you with a detailed list based on your city/county. 



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