World Spay Day is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets to prevent pet overpopulation and improve animal welfare.
This day falls annually on the last Tuesday in February and brings together animal welfare organisations, veterinary professionals, and pet owners from around the world to promote spaying and neutering as a humane and effective way to reduce the number of homeless pets in our communities. By spaying or neutering pets, we can improve their health and behavior, reduce the burden on animal shelters and rescues, and ultimately save the lives of countless animals.
Why is spaying (and neutering) important:
Reduces the risk of certain cancers: Spaying can significantly reduce the risk of developing breast cancer and uterine infections, such as pyometra.
Prevents unwanted litters: Spaying can prevent unplanned litters, which can help reduce the number of homeless dogs and reduce the burden on animal shelters.
Can reduce certain behavioural issues: Spaying can help reduce the incidence of certain behavioral issues, such as aggression and roaming, that can be associated with unspayed dogs.
Eliminates heat cycles: Spaying eliminates the heat cycle, which can be stressful for dogs and their owners. During the heat cycle, dogs may experience physical discomfort, and owners may have to take special precautions to prevent unwanted breeding.
Can improve quality of life: Spayed dogs often enjoy a better quality of life, as they are not at risk of developing certain health problems and do not experience the physical and emotional stress associated with heat cycles.
It’s important to note that spaying is a major surgical procedure that should be performed by a qualified veterinarian at the best time for your dog (taking into account factors such as breed, age, and health of your dog).