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Beat the Heat Month – February 2023

The decision to spay or neuter your dog has numerous advantages, such as making them healthier, more well-mannered, and avoiding unwanted litters. Spaying and neutering neighborhood cats in the winter will also help avoid kitten season and stop the reproductive cycle before it really begins. Most pet owners view their choice to spay or neuter their animals as being very personal. The truth is that the community as a whole is impacted by each of our personal decisions to spay or neuter, from human safety to animal well-being. Therefore, when you decide to spay or neuter your pet, you are supporting not only your neighborhood but also dogs, cats, and other creatures!

History of Beat the Heat Month

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, often known as Beat the Heat Month, is observed in February. It aims to raise awareness of the benefits of spaying and neutering cats and dogs. Your veterinarian can provide the right advice regarding when your pet should have the operation.

Although dogs as young as eight weeks old can be fixed, if you have a large breed dog, your veterinarian may say you should wait until about 12 to 18 months. The likelihood that your dog will acquire a number of potentially fatal illnesses, such as pyometra, some types of cancer, and prostatic hyperplasia, is decreased or eliminated by having your dog fixed.

Even though these are standard operations, your veterinarian might ask for a pre-op exam or bloodwork because all anesthetic treatments have some risk. Monitoring tools continuously track your dog’s vital signs and notify clinic professionals of any potential issues.

You should expect that your dog will need to be relaxed and dry for a few days after surgery to reduce the risk of breaking sutures or getting an infection. Your veterinarian will probably provide more detailed aftercare recommendations.

Your dog may benefit behaviorally from being fixed in addition to the health benefits. Spayed or neutered dogs are less prone to wandering away from your yard in search of a partner. Some dogs are less combative and territorial as a result of these procedures, yet it has no effect on their capacity to learn or play.

Last but not least, fixing your pet prevents unexpected litters, which eases the strain on local animal shelters. According to estimates, 6 to 8 million animals enter US shelters every year.

Beat the Heat Month timeline

1929 — 1939
The Depression Era Spike

New York’s American Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (A.S.P.C.A.) records about 300,000 stray animals each year.

1930s
Spaying and Neutering Gain Popularity

Although sterilization is common for livestock, spaying and neutering for cats and dogs gains prominence.

1969
The First Affordable Clinic

The first affordable spaying and neutering clinic opens in Los Angeles, sparking debate about the benefits of the procedures.

1972
The Sterilization of Adopted Animals

The A.S.P.C.A. mandates sterilization for adopted animals.

Beat the Heat Month FAQs

Do vets still recommend neutering?

Neutering is still generally recommended by vets. It can, however, be impractical in some cases. The best approach is to discuss your pet’s options with your vet to arrive at the appropriate decision.

Why do people not spay or neuter their pets?

Most pet owners have bought into the idea that neutering or spaying their pets would affect their personalities or make them lazy and fat. Meanwhile, these procedures have several benefits for the health and well-being of pets. It often curbs aggression, roaming tendencies, and spraying habits.

At what age is it too late to spay a dog?

Spaying does not have an age limit. Although the traditional spaying age is from six to nine months, the procedure can be done for five-month-old dogs. The risks for older dogs, if any, still do not outweigh the benefits.

How to Observe Beat the Heat Month

  1. Speak to your vet

    Spaying and neutering your pets is a serious conversation you should have with your vet. Book an appointment today to discuss your options.

  2. Get more local information

    Find out more about stray cats and dogs in your neighborhood. Learn more about how local shelters are managing the pet population and educate others.

  3. Donate or volunteer at a shelter

    Donate to a local shelter to support their intervention efforts. You could also volunteer your time for the cause.

5 Interesting Facts About Pets

  1. With good looks comes great responsibility

    Cats devote about 50% of their waking hours to self-grooming.

  2. Muscly ears

    Cats have over 32 muscles in one ear alone.

  3. Pet birthdays

    Over 75% of people will celebrate their dog’s birthday.

  4. Hitting the high notes

    Cats boast over 100 vocalizations compared to only 10 for dogs.

  5. Blissful silence

    Puppies are all born deaf.

Why Beat the Heat Month is Important

  1. It reduces animal homelessness

    No matter how attentive you are as a pet owner, you cannot always be with them or know the neuter and spay status of other animals they interact with. This can easily lead to unexpected litters and eventual shelter overpopulation.

  2. It reduces dangerous behaviors

    Intact male dogs tend to roam in search of mating partners. This often leads to dangerous situations, such as animals running into the road.

  3. It boosts pet health

    Spaying and neutering animals reduces the likelihood of them suffering life-threatening diseases. This could be anything from breast tumors in female cats and dogs to testicular cancer in male dogs.

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