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Everyday Should Be National Spay Day

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

Mark your calendar for February 28, 2012. It’s National Spay Day. And I know (and hope) that many of you are thinking that this should not be a one day a year event. Everyday, everywhere in the world pet parents should spay or neuter their dogs and cats.

In preparation for Spay Day 2012, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a nonprofit trade association, encourages pet parents to spay their pets to help them live longer, healthier lives.

Spay Day is recognized annually on the last Tuesday of February. Since its establishment by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995, over one million animals have been spayed or neutered. Unwanted and destructive behavior resulting from the urge to breed can be alleviated by spaying and neutering.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) shared these facts about the benefits of spaying and neutering pets:

1. Spaying females early on reduces the risk of breast cancer and prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer.

2. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk for perianal tumors.

3. Reduces the urge to roam to seek out hormonal scents. Approximately 80 percent of pets hit by cars are unneutered males.

4. Ensures a happier household for multiple pet homes.

5. In the long term, spaying/neutering saves pet parents money on vet care.

“Living with the negative demeanor of an unneutered pet can be frustrating for the pet and pet parent, says John D’Ariano, president of NAPPS. “We encourage pet parents to neuter or spay their pets to prevent overpopulation in shelters and help their pets live a happy, healthy life.”

For more information about NAPPS, click here.

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