It’s almost Christmas, do you know if your pet is fixed?

So now that we’ve managed to get past Halloween, we can all turn our sights towards the next two biggies, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The weather in Denver might say differently, but it really is November, and that means families everywhere are looking high and low for presents for family and friends. Of course, as with every Christmas, there will be more than toys underneath the tree this year. Thousands of cats and dogs will find new homes with loving families this year. Don’t get me wrong, that is a wonderful thing. But, and there’s always a but…it also means that there will be thousands of new pets that will likely need to be fixed.

It really starts the very moment you decide to get a pet for your family. Most will go through shelters of some kind to find their new family member. Please, PLEASE do NOT go to breeders to buy your new pet. There are so many pets in shelters that need loving homes, you can do a real service for both your family and your new pet by going through established, respected shelters in your area. If you have an questions about where to go, which shelters to use, please ask any of the clinics listed on the side of this blog, or go to http://www.nursenancypresents.com and check out the list of clinics there. Any of those clinics can direct you to a respected shelter to find your new pet.

Of course, if you go through a shelter, Colorado law dictates that your pet should be fixed. However there will be times when you might end up getting a cat or dog that isn’t fixed. This happens because sometimes the puppies or kittens are simply too young to be fixed. If you get a new pet under the age of six months, it’s likely that they won’t be fixed. If this happens, the shelter should give you a voucher to pay to have your new pet fixed at a clinic they work with. You can also go to any of the aforementioned clinics and they’ll happily take care of it for you.

By the way, during the next two months, nearly all of those clinics will be offering specials on spay and neuters to help you make your holiday budgets stretch a little farther. There’s nothing better than snuggling up to a loving puppy or kitten during those long, cold winter nights, so it makes sense that you would want to get a new pet for the holidays. If you do, all I ask is that you make sure you go through an established, recognized shelter to adopt and then, as soon as you can, get your pet fixed. You’ll be helping in the fight against overpopulation, you’ll be saving the life of a cat or a dog currently stuck in a shelter and you’ll prevent unwanted pet pregnancies in the future.

I suppose, if you want, you could try having a heart to heart talk with your new pet. But, I’ve tried. I taped the effort and you’ll get a chance to see how it worked out next week when I post that video. I’ll just say this, you can talk until you’re blue in the face, but sometimes it’s like talking to a human teenager. They hear the words you’re saying, they just don’t listen. Or maybe they don’t comprehend. Either way, the only way you can make sure your new pets don’t end up adding even more new family members within a few months is to have them spayed or neutered.

If you ever, EVER have any questions for me about adopting a new pet, having them spayed or neutered, please send me your questions. I’ll answer them as quickly as possible and if I don’t have the answer, I’ll have a veterinarian from one of the participating clinics answer. So get out there, enjoy the good weather while it lasts and make sure you take my advice when considering a new pet for the holidays: 1. Use a shelter, 2. make sure they’re spayed and neutered.

By the way, spaying and neutering your pet might be the most affordable and most convenient thing you do all holiday season. I’m just saying.

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