February 26, 2015

Common myths about spaying and neutering your pet

On Tuesday, we shared some great videos and information about why pet parents should spay or neuter for National Spay Day (you can find that post here), and today we wanted to share some of the myths around spaying or neutering.

Myth: Every female pet should have a litter. It's good for their development.

No, this just contributes to the overpopulation of pets in shelters. While there is a current debate about whether or not to allow a female dog to have her first heat, the general consensus in the veterinary world is still that it is better to spay before that first heat if possible.

Myth: I want my male dog to be protective and he will lose that instinct if he is neutered.

Neutering can help behaviors like marking, roaming to find female dogs in heat, inappropriate mounting, and possibly aggression towards other males, but it's not going to change his personality.

Myth: It's expensive.

There are many low-cost clinics around the United States and around the world that make it very affordable. Sometimes rescues are able to help with the cost, and sometimes clinics even offer free fixing for dogs, such as pit bulls. Click here for spay/neuter resources in the United States. Click here for spay/neuter resources internationally.

Myth: I'll find a good home for the puppies or kittens.

While this may be true, this unnecessary litter is taking away a home from a dog or cat already in the shelter.

Myth: I love my dog or cat so much that I want another one just like him or her!

All animals have different personalities, and while an offspring may have similar traits, it is not the same animal, and may not be the same personality.

Dr, Annie Cook providing a spay/neuter clinic in Peru. Read about her experience here.

One of the goals of Amazon CARES is to provide education and resources to pet parents in Iquitos around pet care, including the importance of spaying and neutering their animals. You can help support our mission with a donation today! Any amount is gratefully appreciated.

February 24, 2015

National Spay Day: Why should you spay or neuter your pet?

Most pet parents have heard about the importance of spaying or neutering, but may be curious about why this is so heavily promoted, especially within the rescue world. The simple fact that millions of animals are euthanized every day from unwanted or accidental litters, and that this could be easily prevented is one huge reason that makes spaying and neutering "worth it". In one year, one female cat and her offspring could produce 60,000 cats! One female dog and her offspring can produce 11,000 dogs in one year! The staff and volunteers of Amazon CARES work hard to prevent the cycle of unwanted animals through our animal birth control campaigns.

Four times a year, Amazon CARES recruits volunteers and veterinary professionals from around the world to assist with mobile clinics in remote villages throughout the Amazon Basin. In 2013, 800 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered by Amazon CARES, and even more were fixed in 2014! Donate today to help us spay dogs and cats in Peru.

What exactly does it mean to get my pet "spayed" or "neutered"? 




Why is it important to spay or neuter your pet? 



Find more great, short videos on the World Spay Day website.

If you are worried about the cost of fixing your pet, there are many low-cost clinics around the United States and around the world that make it very affordable. Sometimes rescues are able to help with the cost, and sometimes clinics even offer free fixing for dogs, such as pit bulls. Click here for spay/neuter resources in the United States. Click here for spay/neuter resources internationally.

Be sure to check back on the blog on Thursday for a post about the common myths around spaying/neutering!
 

February 10, 2015

Amazon CARES introduces dental care to the Amazon

Dental care is something that many pet parents overlook when considering the overall health of their pet, and the community in Iquitos was no different. Although it had never been heard of before, now Amazon CARES offers inexpensive dental cleanings weekly at the veterinary clinic!

Keeping with the theme of National Pet Dental Month, check out this video of how we provide maintenance teeth cleaning for the dogs in the shelter: