Did you know that…? 

  • Quebec has the highest number of pet abandonment in North America and the highest number of puppy mills in Canada?
  • The euthanasia of abandoned healthy animals is the biggest cause of mortality in dogs and cats in North America?
  • Most female mammals, except humans, do not have menopause?
  • The period of relocation exacerbates the phenomenon of abandonment?
  • The SPCA Laurentides-Labelle offers the sterilization of cats at low cost?
  • Overpopulation of dogs and cats is a scourge in our society and that we can all participate in counteracting this important phenomenon?
  • Quebec shelters are overflowing with animals looking for a family?
  • A female cat or a bitch can have 2-3 litters / year of 4 or more offspring over 15 years, for a total of 120 to 240 kittens/pups during their life?

I am taking this opportunity to make you aware of the importance of the sterilization of our pets and to let you know about the National Sterilization Week in Quebec, from February 26 to March 3, 2017. Sterilization is for the purpose of rendering an animal incapable of reproduction. This minor surgery is carried out under general anesthesia by a veterinarian in an establishment provided for this purpose.

Demystifing some ideas about sterilizing pets: 

  • A cat or a bitch does not need to have babies to be well balanced
  • Sterilization is not expensive compared to the care to give to a litter of kittens or puppies, or to care for fight wounds, or even compared to the price of the euthanasia of several small kittens/puppies
  • A sterilized cat does not become obese: studies have shown that it is the diet that is not adapted to the animal and a lack of physical activity that are the main culprits.

Here are some good reasons to have your pet sterilized: 

  • To stop the heat in the female, therefore no blood loss in the bitches or excessive vocalization in the female cats
  • Eliminate unwanted litters, thus reducing the overpopulation and the number of abandoned and euthanized animals
  • Limit the animal’s desire to travel the region in search of a receptive partner
  • Decrease perineal and prostatic tumors in the castrated dog, as well as mammary tumors and uterine infections (when the female is operated before its first heat)
  • Decrease marking, aggressiveness, fights and injuries related to territorial combats, especially in males
  • Reduce anxiety by 10 to 20%, which facilitates obedience and makes the animals more sociable with their peers
  • Saving: Sterilization is less expensive than caring for injuries or illnesses, not to mention the costs associated with numerous litters, euthanasia, and so on

Current or potential pet owners can help reduce overcrowding by preventing reproduction of their animals. The best thing to do is to sterilize their animals. Enjoy the National Week of Sterilization in Quebec, from February 26 to March 3, to sterilize your pet and visit Quebec Animal Sterilization site http://sterilisationanimalequebec.info to know the participating clinics and veterinary hospitals.

Thank you for taking responsibility!

De Martine Lavallée B.B.A. and Animal Health Technician 

Sources: Federation of Canadian companies to Humane Press, Veterinary Hospital Shippagan-Peninsula SPCA