I believe that one of the most important things we can do for our four legged companion is to have them spayed/neutered. Not only does it cut down on unwanted and euthanized dogs and cats, it helps them to live a more healthy and longer life.
February was chosen as Spay/Neuter Awareness month due to the fact that spring and summer months are when the highest number of liters are born.
Spaying/Neutering helps reduce the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. It helps with roaming, which may end up with your best friend getting lost or hit by a car. And it reduces male dogs from marking their territory with urine.
Misty Blue was spayed when she was 6 months old. She did well during the procedure. It was after, trying to keep an E-collar and a Shetland Sheepdog calm, that was the biggest challenge. This girl figured out that if she went through your legs a little and then backed out, the E-collar came off. Trazadone kept her from performing her famous Sheltie Spins and mile-high jumping acts. I didn’t like the idea of giving her this medication, but without it she certainly would have broken a stich or two, no doubt in my mind. Misty Blue is a really smart, beautiful Sheltie, with a bit of cray-cray in her DNA.
I realize that some people don’t have the money for this surgery. Just to let you know, the ASPCA can often find low cost programs for you. In Massachusetts, where I live, there is an animal fund for those who receive any sort of public assistance. You can apply by contacting your local animal control officer.
Misty Blue’s spay was paid for through Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan. This has been a lifesaver for me! You can find the information here – Banfield Optimum Wellness Plans
Please consider Spaying/Nurturing your four legged family member.
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