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Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

Did you know that February is Pet Spay/Neuter Awareness Month? Spaying and neutering isn’t just good for your pet: it also helps promote great animal welfare! If your furry buddy hasn’t been fixed yet, we recommend that you see to this as soon as possible. Read on as a Cherry Hill, NJ vet discusses getting your pet spayed or neutered.

Preventing Unwanted Litters

Did you know that a single pair of cats can have 420,000 kittens in just 7 years? While puppies and kittens are of course absolutely adorable, skyrocketing pet populations are making it very hard for many dogs and cats to find loving homes. Even if you do manage to find great owners for your pet’s offspring, there’s just no way to guarantee that their babies will have the same luck. And, with 50,000 pets being born every day, shelters just can’t keep up with the numbers. Out of the 5 to 7 million pets that enter shelters annually, sadly, as many as 75 percent are euthanized.

Health Benefits

There are some very distinctive health benefits to spaying or neutering your pet. The surgery tends to reduce or eliminate the chance of your furry friend developing certain cancers. It also lowers your pet’s risk of developing some UTIs. Last but not least, pets that are fixed tend to live longer.

Behavior

Did you know that having your pet spayed or neutered can have a significant effect on their behavior? About 90% of territorial marking stops after the surgery. If you’ve ever had to deal with that problem, you know that this is a huge benefit in and of itself! Your furry pal also won’t vocalize as much, or try to escape to go looking for love. Pets also tend to be much calmer once they’ve been fixed.

Helping Your Pet Recover

Although the recovery time is quicker for boy pets than for girls, your pet should be over the ‘hump’ of healing within a few days, and completely recovered in about two weeks. Your vet will provide you with specific after-care instructions. Be sure to follow them to the letter! We also recommend getting your four-legged friend a comfortable bed to recuperate in.

Do you need to have your furry companion spayed or neutered? Contact us, your local Cherry Hill, NJ veterinary hospital, today! We are happy to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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