Sterilizing Your Pet Is Very Important (Part 2)
By Ana Roxanda Godoy
Sterilization of dogs and cats is a win-win situation. It benefits the animals, their owners, and communities. A sterilized dog will live an average of one to three years longer; sterilized cats, an average of three to five years longer. Your pet’s life will not only be longer, it will be healthier, increasing your time with your beloved pet. Spaying females helps prevent uterine, ovarian ,and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. The messiness of a heat cycle is eliminated. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer if done early and decreases the incidence of prostate disease. Sterilization makes your pet a better, more affectionate, companion. It lessens their desire to roam, which means they are less likely to get injured or lost.
Sterilization reduces the number of unwanted dogs and cats. While we feel sorry for these homeless, starving animals, they can also become a public nuisance. If you think that San Miguel doesn’t have a problem, think again. In 2013, Ecología (the pound) euthanized 770 dogs. Increasing sterilization would significantly reduce the number of unwanted companion animals and the necessity of using euthanasia as population control.
Part 3 of this series will respond to frequently asked questions.