Local vet talks importance of spaying and neutering during ‘beat the heat month’
QUEENSTOWN, Md. – February is known as beat the heat month, and it’s all about encouraging pet owners to spay or neuter their pets.
Dr. Marianne Bailey, the owner of the Queenstown Veterinary Hospital, says getting the right information to pet owners is really important. She says spaying and neutering can actually prevent some diseases or illnesses in animals.
It can also help keep stray animals out of shelters and lessen the burden on them.
“Especially with cats, they breed very easily, very quickly, and so people end up with cats that were out in the yard and end up coming into their house, and then they have pets and they’re not spayed or neutered, and then they have a litter of kittens, and most people don’t need a litter of kittens and sometimes it can be hard to adopt them out individually so they end up just getting dropped off at a shelter,” she said.
When it comes to the right time or age to neuter your pet, that depends on what animal it is and more factors, so Dr. Bailey says to reach out to your own vet to see what is best for your furry friend.