February is traditionally a lovers’ month: after all, Valentine’s Day is coming up. However, when it comes to pets, it’s actually more beneficial to stop romantic pairings than to encourage them. That may be why this is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month! A Mesa, AZ vet discusses spay/neuter surgery, and why it’s so important, below.

Curb Overpopulation

As you may know, pet overpopulation is a huge problem. One pair of cats can have 420,000 kittens in just 7 years! That may sound adorable, but sadly, many of these cute felines will end up faring for themselves, and will have short, difficult lives. Shelters do what they can, but they can only help so many animals. With as many as 50,000 pets born every day, shelters often get overwhelmed. Unfortunately, that often results in high euthanasia rates. That’s something none of us wants to see.

Health Benefits

Spaying or neutering your furry friend will help guarantee that they don’t add to the overpopulation issue by producing unwanted litters. However, that’s not the only reason to schedule that appointment. Your furry pal will also enjoy some health benefits. Getting fixed will reduce—or, in some cases, eliminate—the risk of them developing certain medical issues, such as UTI’s and specific cancers.

Behavioral Issues

Another reason to get your pet fixed? You’ll see a marked improvement in their behavior. Pets that have been fixed are less likely to go looking for love, and they are just generally calmer overall. They are also less inclined to certain problems, such as spraying and aggression.

Less Yowling

You may not think that this one would be a big deal, but it would be a mistake to underestimate its affect. If you’ve ever heard an amorous kitty singing love songs to the neighborhood felines, you’re probably nodding in agreement. Fluffy may be cute, but she’s a terrible singer.

Promote Good Animal Welfare

We know, puppies and kittens are adorable. Many people think their beloved dogs and cats will make the cutest litters ever, and they’re not wrong. Unfortunately, there’s no way to truly guarantee that your pet’s babies and their offspring will always have great homes. Plus, with so many pets in shelters, it’s just the more responsible choice to reduce new births.

Please us, your Mesa, AZ veterinary clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.