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Private Bag 30383 kKanengo (on the M1, 400m passed Kapani, before the Salima turnoff), Lilongwe Clinic Tel: +265 995 027 815 wwwlilongwespca.org 24 Hour EMERGENCY NUMBER +265 994 682 900 Follow us on Facebook Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals. Your support enables the LSPCA team to provide vital veterinary care and animal welfare education in our community outreach programmes. Be responsible. Spay/ neuter your pets! By SINGAYAZI KAMINJOLO orld Spay Day is celebrated on the 28th of February. So what is the fuss about spaying/neutering your pet? Spaying of females involves the removal of the entire reproductive tract and neutering of males is done by removing the testicles which stops them from breeding. Spaying/neutering your pet is good for pets. They live longer and healthier lives, females will be protected from getting pyometra, a life threating infection of the uterus, have a reduced chance of suffering from ovarian and uterine breast cancers, and males have a reduced chance of getting testicular and prostate cancer. Spaying/neutering your pet is good for you the owner with the benefits you will see include elimination of unwanted behaviours such as roaming the neighbourhood, spraying of urine and fighting. Spaying/neutering your pet is good for the community. Irresponsible breeding results in a large number of abandoned and dogs/cats, which roam the neglected neighbourhood, sometimes attacking people, entering yards looking for food and increasing the chances of human exposure to the deadly disease rabies. Too many dogs and cats aren’t wanted anywhere by anybody, so they are treated as disposable items instead of living creatures, dumped in drains, rivers and if lucky at animal shelters. Have your pet spayed or neutered - this is the first, most important step you can take as a responsible pet ownerm