A cause close to our hearts is attempting to educate the public about the importance of spaying/neutering to help avoid unwanted litters, which in turn leads to our current problem of millions of homeless animals.
I am honored to feature a guest post today by Aimee St Arnaud from Humane Alliance:
WHEN TO SPAY
WEBSITE AND CAMPAIGN
When do you think is the best time to spay/neuter a dog? In a recent survey, 72% of people didn’t know or thought they should wait until 6 months. Unfortunately by this time they could have already had a litter! Oops!
50% of litters are accidents and it’s often because of some misconceptions.
Did you know:
–dogs can become pregnant starting around five months of age?
- litter mates can mate (yep it’s true!) They don’t have the same thoughts about brothers and sisters as humans do.
Check out our video!
-dogs do not need to have one litter before getting fixed. As a matter of fact it’s actually best to have them fixed before their first heat.
Kilo came into an ER clinic with puppies stuck inside the birth canal. Her guardian could not afford the thousand dollars for an emergency c-section. She, and her puppies, would have died if the ER clinic had not called a local spay/neuter clinic who was able to do an emergency c-section and spay to save the mom’s life and six puppies! This happens more often than people think.
In addition to risks like this, fixing before the first heat helps cut down on mammary cancers. Here’s a chart that shows how the risk of this cancer goes way down when you fix before the first heat.
There is a lot of confusion about spay/neuter so Humane Alliance just launched a new campaign at www.WhenToSpay.org to share the facts that fixing your pet by four months is safe and easy and prevents accidental litters that could end up in overcrowded shelters.
Check out the site for info on where to find low-cost spay/neuter options in your area, take a pledge to get your pet fixed, join in contests to show how cute your fixed dog is, and share fun videos and print and share photos like these, to help spread the word.
Would you help us get the word out to your friends and family that the best time to fix your pet is by four months to prevent accidental litters? There are lots of ways to get involved and the more people sharing the more we can make an impact!
We hope you’ll like www.WhenToSpay.org and check it out and become part of our Spay Nation!
Thanks to Aimee for being our guest today!
Barks and licks and love,