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Pet Pause: Importance of spaying and neutering your pets

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by Natalie Sparacio

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (WAOW)-- February 23rd is spay day, and when you adopt or purchase a puppy or kitten, getting them spayed/neutered is key for their long term health.

Millions of unwanted, homeless pets wind up at shelters, just by being born.

Animals risk for mammary, ovarian, uterine, and testicular cancers are diminished post surgery.

Spay and neuter makes for better hunting dogs as well, since animals are better able to focus.

The surgery should be don't before "puberty", between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, and this is supported by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Female cats may experience estrus as early as 4 to 5 months, delaying spaying is very likely to result in a significant of unwanted litters.

A big way to help is to donate to your favorite shelter's spay/neuter fund.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio

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