BAGUIO CITY – The City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) reported that more than one thousand seven hundred dogs and cats in the city had already been spayed or neutered over the past several months to help contain the growth of the population of the said animals.
CVAO veterinarian Dr. Michael Takinan stated that the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats is an ongoing program of the city government for the benefit of the animal population in the city.
He explained that spaying is done on female dogs and cats while neutering is done on male dogs and cats.
Spaying is the way of sterilizing a female cat or dog by removing their ovaries while neutering means the sterilization of male animals by removing both testicles.
The veterinarian expressed hope that the residents will embrace these modes of sterilizing their cats and dogs to help in containing the rapid growth of their population in the city.
According to him, the CVAO is including the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats in the implementation of their various programs, projects and activities in the different barangays to increase awareness among the owners on the importance having their dogs and cats spayed or neutered by the assigned personnel.
While more than 1,700 spayed or neutered dogs and cats is way below the more than 50,000 dogs and 20,000 cats in the city, Takinan reported that the CVAO is doing its best to implement the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats at a pace that will be much better to increase the said number and contain the rapid growth of the animal population in the city.
The spaying and neutering of dogs and cats in the city is one of the major programs, projects and activities of the CVAO to ensure the possible containment of the animal population in the city and prevent the possible increase in animal bite cases inflicted by dogs and cats to their owners and residents alike.