By: Mdzananda Animal Clinic
On the last Tuesday of February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the lifesaving power of spay/neuter and the need for affordable services, particularly in low income communities.
Did you know?
- An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of her puppies and their puppies’ puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed add up to 512 in 3 years and 67 000 in 6 years.
- An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 3 surviving kittens per litter can total 376 in 3 years and 66 088 in 6 years.
- If there are so many animals being born, how many are being euthanized?
At the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Khayelitsha, we have found that there are many superstitions and incorrect beliefs about sterilizing a pet. We have compiled ten reasons why to sterilize your pet.
- Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
- Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer.
- Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
- Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
- Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
- Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
- It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered cat escapes and gets into fights with the neighbourhood stray!
- Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can cause car accidents, damage the local fauna, transmit diseases to other pets and become victims of human abuse. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
- Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
- Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
You can help save animals’ lives by participating in World Spay Day.
Sponsor Suzie and Sonja as they Cycle the Argus for Animals to raise funds for sterilizations. Sponsor them with a once off amount or an amount per kilometer (109km). R200 covers the cost of one sterilization.
Suzie and Sonja are pet lovers who always do their utmost to help animals in need – from volunteering to feeding street dogs to cycling the Argus tour. This will be Sonja’s 9th cycle tour and Suzie’s very first tour ever.
Sunday the 8th of March they will be ridging the full 109km race from Cape Town to False Bay and back. This is not only a physically challenging experience, but an experience of mental stamina. We are backing you all the way Suzie and Sonja – you can back them too by sponsoring them!
You can sponsor them on their Back a Buddy site or by making a donation to the below bank account.
Back a Buddy Site: http://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/cycling-the-argus-for-animals
Bank Details: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account: 075595710, Code: 025009, Reference: Argus+YourName
About Mdzananda Animal Clinic (www.mdzananda.co.za) The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is the only permanent, veterinary council registered animal clinic in Khayelitsha, a township just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, home to more than 1.6 million people and their animals. The clinic provides primary veterinary healthcare services including consultations, hospitalization, general and orthopaedic surgeries and mobile clinics. Their clients are primarily dogs and cats. The clinic has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet ownership into the future. It is also referred to as “The Happy Clinic” by clients and supporters. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is made possible by IFAW (International Fund of Animal Welfare) since 2003 and individual donors and supporters.