The importance of spaying and neutering your Pets can never be overstated. In fact, it may be one of the most important decisions a Pet parent can make when it comes to the long-term health and welfare of their Pets as well as the Pet community at large.
Here are just three of the most important reasons to spay or neuter your Pet:
– Across the U.S, the staggering number of homeless Pets is a real problem. Each year, about 6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters in this country. Of those, approximately half are euthanized due over-population, space constraints and budgetary restrictions. But there is a simple solution to over-population: prevention! Spaying and neutering your Pet eliminates the risk of unexpected and unwanted litters.
– This may surprise you, but spaying/neutering can increase your Pet’s lifespan. According to one study, neutered male dogs live an average of 18% longer than unaltered males. Spayed females can live up to 23% longer than un-spayed females. One reason for this difference is that altering your Pet can help reduce the risk of cancer in the reproductive system. Another reason is that an altered Pet has a decreased urge to roam, thereby reducing the risk of injury or illness.
– Behavior is of primary concern to most Pet parents. Spaying/neutering can help to curb many unwanted behaviors. After Pets are altered, parents see a noticeable improvement in areas such as aggression, unwelcome assertiveness, excessive barking, mounting and marking.
So why would a Pet parent decide not to spay or neuter? The primary reason given many is cost. This is, afterall, a surgery that requires anesthesia, medications and a follow-up appointment or two and can be a bit pricey. Often, this cost reaches into the hundreds!
How much of this cost do Hannah members pay? For a low monthly fee, Hannah members enjoy all the benefits of Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program. Our plan covers all veterinary care, including vaccinations, medications, spaying, neutering, emergencies, surgeries, dentals, and preventative care. It also includes all food, delivered directly to your home, and behavioral training!
To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.
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