Help manage the pet population by participating in National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month.
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) – It's National Spay and Neuter Month, but due to rising costs during the epidemic, taking your pet to the vet will cost you a little more.
Animal rescue organizations recommend spaying or neutering your pet to help control the pet population.
However, veterinarians claim that the operations are costing them more, similar to earlier pandemic cost rises.
People aren't getting their pets spayed or neutered because of the cost, according to Dr. Christen Thomas, an associate veterinarian at Tulsa's SPCA. This contributes to pet overpopulation.
Then there are our dogs who get out because they are still alive and roaming, according to Dr. Thomas. Then they continue to leap fences and enter other people's yards with other people's pets who haven't yet had their animals spayed or neutered, despite their intentions. They then have a litter of puppies or kittens that they are unaware of.
While it may appear that a simple treatment will not cost much, Dr. Thomas claims that the cost of supplies is what adds up.
Some folks don't think of our surgical gloves, sutures, the pharmaceuticals we use to anesthetize the animals, pain meds, and other things. Everything is increasing in price, which means we are paying more.
However, she claims that spaying and neutering have other advantages than reducing the pet population.
Problems with behavior are a major concern. Dr. Thomas believes that not having the desire to get out and explore in search of a partner leads to other concerns such as being hit by cars, injuries, dog fights, catfights, and illnesses.
If a dog weighs at least five pounds and a cat weighs at least two pounds, pets can be spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks.
"It's never too late," Dr. Thomas stated, adding that it doesn't matter how old people are.
The Tulsa SPCA charges less for these procedures than most clinics, and Petland says that if you buy a pet from them, they will give you a discount if you have the animal spayed or neutered.