1st National Animal Sterilization Day in Quebec: February 26th 2013

  • Did you know…that an unspayed female cat can have over 100 kittens in her lifetime? If you then consider all those offspring going on to have litters of their own, that one unspayed female leads to over 2000 kittens in the next four years!
  • Did you know…that almost 90% of animals brought into shelters have not been neutered?
  • Did you know…that sterilized pets are calmer, better behaved and more affectionate than their unaltered counterparts?
  • Did you know…that having your pet sterilized can decrease the risks of certain types of cancer as well as other dangerous infections?

February 26th 2013 marks the first ever National Animal Sterilization Day in Quebec and the objectives of this campaign are simple: to promote the sterilization of companion animals in Quebec in order to decrease the number of healthy pets ending up in shelters or being euthanized due to overpopulation.

Journee sterilisation Dre MalletteWith that in mind, Hôpital Vétérinaire Mercier partnered with Refuge AMR in St-Constant to do our part to help the animals of our region. On Sunday February 24th, our team of dedicated veterinarians, animal health technicians and client service team members donated their time and talents to help sterilize 18 animals: 6 cats and 2 dogs destined for adoption, and 8 feral cats from an established colony in the area. In addition, each animal received a deworming and flea treatment thanks to our friends at Bayer Animal Health, a Rabies vaccination courtesy of Merial, and each cat was tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV virus thanks to a donation from Idexx. These animals are now off to a great start, and we had fun taking care of them as well. Not too shabby for a day’s work!

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Another little bonus: Royal Canin has launched an online contest for those pet owners who have their animal sterilized in the coming weeks. For more information, click here.

Every year in Quebec, thousands of cats and dogs are born, left homeless and are then euthanized through no fault of their own. Let’s be part of the solution: Have your pets spayed or neutered!