Should You Have Your Dog Spayed or Neutered?
When you get a new pet, they truly become part of your family. Dogs are an extremely lovable and popular pet, which also require a lot of care. One decision you’ll face, when getting a dog, is whether you will have your dog spayed or neutered. This is a hot topic amongst breeders and those involved with animal rescue and shelters. What you need to know is that the decision to have your dog spayed or neutered is a personal decision that only you can make, but we can show you the pros and cons that weigh in with this topic.
Reasons to Spay or Neuter
One of the most significant factors, as to why dog owners should get their pet spayed or neutered is because there are already so many stray dogs with thousands being killed each year because they had been abandoned, unwanted, lost or too much work for the family they were with. When dogs are simply abandoned, they are forced to re-enter the world on their own. When on their own, their wild instincts are forced to return and can become very dangerous to people, other animals and even cause damage to personal property. The goal of neutering or spaying dogs is that way the person is left with a manageable responsibility and number of animals to deal with – and helping keep the population under control in the future. A dog’s litter is typically about six puppies, and a female can get pregnant as young as six months old, and every six months after that.
By spaying or neutering your animal you are reducing their chances of serious issues later on in life. Male dogs are less likely to develop testicular tumors and prostate problems. When a female dog is spayed before she goes into heat for the first time, she will be less likely to develop mammary tumors, ovarian cancer or a uterine infection. Being fixed help reduce the urge to escape the yard in order to fulfill their natural mating instincts in both males and females. There have been many animals who have been hit by cars when trying to mate. Please note we are not suggesting that by neutering or spaying, your dog you will not need to take safety measures, like an invisible fence, for your dog. Whether you neuter or not, we strongly encourage you to make sure you property is properly secured for your animal’s safety.
Another reason to spay and neuter your dogs is the benefit this procedure can offer to your pet’s temperament. When fixing your pet early in life, the dog is less likely to be aggressive and less likely to have mood swings associated with hormones. Your pet will be able to focus better. Plus, dogs are less likely to mark their territory when spayed or neutered early on in life.
Reasons Not to Spay or Neuter
If you have a pure breed animal and are considering breeding your dog, you of course would not want to spay or neuter your dog. Before you decide to become a breeder, make sure you do your proper research and understand the work and dangers that may come along with breeding to you and your dog.
Some people are concerned with neutering and spaying their dog because it is interfering with how their animal was made; not wanting to mess with nature. Some dog owners are simply unwilling to subject their beloved pet to the risks associated with anesthesia.
Getting your dog fixed may affect their temperament, most times owners see marked improvement to temperament and activity level – while their activity level may decline, dogs should still be taken for walks and played with in order to get an ample amount of exercise. Some people prefer not take the risk of the procedure.
Dr. Susan Wright, DVM, has been providing quality care for family pets as a veterinarian for more than 10 years. Dr. Wright is a dog bark collar expert and author. In her free time, Susan enjoys writing articles, giving helpful tips and proper care advice to dog owners.
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