Sterilisation of pets carries multiple benefits

Look after animals this Christmas.

THE Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) will be celebrating World Spay Day by offering free sterilisation of their welfare clients’ animals on February 28.

Spaying female animals at an early age greatly reduces their risk of developing mammary cancer later in life. It also eliminates the risks of ovarian and uterine cancer, as well as pyometra, a common life-threatening infection of the uterus.

In male dogs, castration eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and may reduce the incidence of prostatic cancer.

Sterilised animals are less likely to roam, which makes them less likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents, get attacked by stray animals or contract diseases such as transmissible venereal tumour virus in dogs or feline immunodeficiency virus in cats.

Of major importance to animal welfare societies worldwide, is the primary goal of sterilisation (population control). Unplanned litters of kittens and puppies lead to an enormous pet overpopulation problem. This leads to shelters being filled to capacity and often leaves many animals living a sad and lonely life waiting for a forever family that may never come.

Be part of the solution by ensuring that all your pets are sterilised. Tell your friends and families, spread the good news of sterilisation in your community.

To receive free sterilisation of your pets on World Spay Day, you must be a client of the AACL veterinary hospital and qualify for welfare assistance. Your pets must be brought in for a clinical examination and vaccination no less than two weeks prior to the day.

Space is limited and limitations could be placed on the number of pets from a household that will be accommodated.

Terms and conditions will apply.

For more information, contact the AACL’s hospital reception on 011 435 0672 or email hosprec@aacl-jhbnb.co.za

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Lucky Thusi
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