Petland is an avid proponent of spaying and neutering..
It used to be that waiting to have a pet spayed or neutered
at 6 months of age was an accepted practice. Today early spaying
and neutering -- the surgical sterilization of companion pets
between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks -- is encouraged and endorsed
by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The spaying and
neuter of pets also has many health benefits. Over time, studies
have shown that spaying and neutering can:
- Lengthen a pet's life and improve the quality of its life
- Decrease some health risks like mammary tumors, prostate
enlargements and uterine infections.
- Make your pet a better family member by eliminating territorial
marking and seasonal heats that cause pets to roam.
Petland pet counselors educate new puppy and kitten owners
about responsible pet care. Everyday, pet counselors stress
the importance of spaying and neutering as a way to prevent
unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.
Petland store operators also display posters, distribute
informational brochures and participate in cooperative programs
with local veterinarians. Some Petland stores now have spayed
and neutered puppies and kittens available for customers.
Some Petland store operators provide free certificates for
spaying and neutering upon adoption. And some Petland store
operators offer their customers deeply discounted rates for
spaying and neutering at select local veterinary clinics.