National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Love is in the air in February, as cats and dogs that are not spayed or neutered are eager to find the perfect mate, which can lead to unwanted litters in the spring and summer months. Spaying and neutering is an effective solution that will not only curb the pet population, but decrease the likelihood of other problems as well.

February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and the Humane Society of Missouri has a few tips on why it’s important to spay/neuter the family pets.

• Spay and neuter will reduce the number of strays and unwanted animals in the community. Pet overpopulation is a serious issue in St. Louis and these surgeries are an easy way to keep strays off the streets.

• Neutering has numerous health benefits for male pets. It prevents testicular cancer, decreases aggressive behavior and reduces its desire to roam and find a mate.

• Spaying will reduce the likelihood of breast cancer and uterine infections in female cats and dogs.

• It is cost-effective. The cost of caring for a litter and other medical issues that could be prevented is significant. Shelters often offer operations at a reduced price, making it affordable for families of all incomes.

• Fixing your furry friend will increase its chances of a prolonged life. The lifespan of a dog will increase by an average of one to three years, while the lifespan of a cat will increase by three to five years.