Neutering pets reduces the risk of cancer – The Nation Costa Rica

In females, it prevents the emergence of tumors in the breast; in males, prostate

This 28 of February, World Day of Sterilization, agencies, call attention to the importance of this procedure

Bitches with a risk almost nil of getting breast cancer if sterilized before the first heat and males with a lot less chances of developing a tumor in the prostate if they are also undergoing this surgery. Castration at an early age not only provides quality of life to the animals, but also benefits to their owners.

That is the thought that seeking to spread organizations as the Animal Protection World and the National Association for the protection of Animals (ANPA), especially this 28th of February, World Day of Sterilization.

To commemorate the date and, of step, to try to demystify the subject of castration, Animal Protection World is urging owners to upload in social networks the photo of your dog or cat with the belly up, showing the scar of the operation by means of which they were sterilized.

The images need to be uploaded to social networks with the hashtag #Muestralapancita. According to the organization global, with representation in Costa Rica, the act of spaying or neutering the animal has been surrounded by myths –among them, that the females must have at least one litter to be healthy and fulfilling, or that males will feel frustrated at not being able to cross– and the idea is to end up with these.

In a press release, Melania Gamboa, manager of the Veterinary Programmes of the organization, ensures that spaying or neutering an animal prevents to have future offspring that will not find a home and, in addition, reduces the risk of diseases.

More benefits

The benefits of castration mentioned by the specialist, be added that, as much females as males, they become much more docile.

In cats it also reduces the risk of breast cancer between 40% and 60%, and females in general, whether they are canine or feline, they avoid developing a serious uterine infection known as pyometra, whose sequelae can be potentially fatal. In addition, stop bleeding every time they are in heat.

In the case of the males, as castration decreases their instinct to seek out female, are less exposed to abuse and fights with other animals.

Also, both dogs and cats, reduce the habit of marking territory by means of urine, and even, if the sterilization is done from the puppies, the habit can be eliminated almost completely.

According to the national Survey on possession of dogs in Costa Rica 2016, more than half of households costa rican (50.5%) have a dog, and there are, at least, 1.320.310 dogs with owner.

READ: Ticos love their dogs but are owned by carefree.

Month of the Castratón

In commemoration of the date, ANPA makes this Tuesday a campaign of castration in Zapote, 250 metres southwest of the Post office building in Costa Rica.

Those that are interested, you can take your dog or cat until 12 noon. It is not necessary to take appointment. The surgery has a cost of ¢11,000 titles.

The activity represents the close of the Castratón, a great event held throughout the month, from February 2, which included 57 campaigns of castration throughout the country.

With the goal of sterilizing 3.200 animals, 15 non-governmental organizations and 10 veterinary clinics partnered to carry out the surgeries for dogs and cats to the communities.

Vanessa Vargas, coordinator of the initiative, said that, until now, accounted 3.017 neutered animals.

«What we want is for people to take advantage of it, because a surgery in a clinic normal costs between ¢35,000 and ¢40,000, and in many cases, the clinics are not so close. That’s why we come to communities,» said the leader.

Good start

According to Vargas, the banderazo output of the campaigns are stirred in the cantons alajuelenses of Upala and Guatuso, battered by the hurricane Otto on the night of November 24, 2016, an event which did not escape many pets.

In both places he conducted a «mega Castratón» that benefited 1.092 animals. The operations, which typically have a cost of ¢11,000, and on that occasion charged at ¢3,000 for you.

One of the institutions involved in this event was the National Service of Animal Health (Senasa), who helped with logistics and provided transportation for the owners and their pets to the sites-enabled the castrations.

READ: Campaign aims to neuter 1.000 dogs and cats.

If you want to find out about upcoming campaigns, visit the website of Facebook ANPA Costa Rica. The first day will be Thursday, march 2, in San Antonio de Desamparados.

During that month, the initiative will also take place in Curridabat, Alajuelita, Cartago, Guararí de Heredia, Goicoechea, and to the Island Chira, Puntarenas.

If you are going to neuter their pet…

-Take into account that the animal must be fasting; that the last meal has made it to the previous day, at the latest, at 10 p. m.

-Take it without bathing.

-Pack a blanket for your pet.

-Only undergo surgery healthy animals.

-Dogs must be over three months of age; male cats, over the age of five months.

-Those who wear cats, you must move them in carriers or pillowcases.

-¢11.000 is the base price. If the animal weighs more than 20 kilos, the cost increases.

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