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9 Myths About Spaying and Neutering

9 Myths About Spaying and Neutering

Don’t let a pervasive myth stop you from spaying your pet. Learn the facts and make an educated decision.


MYTH: My dog will get fat and lazy.

FACT: The only way your dog will get fat and lazy is if you do not provide enough exercise and feed him too much.

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MYTH: It’s better for my dog to have one litter before I spay her.

FACT: Medical evidence has shown that a dog who is spayed before her first heat cycle is typically healthier than dogs spayed after the first heat cycle or after having a litter of puppies. Most animal shelters and adoption facilities, as well as many veterinarians, now sterilize dogs as young as eight weeks of age. You should consult your veterinarian about the appropriate time to spay or neuter your dog.

Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet


MYTH: Children should experience the miracle of birth.

FACT: The likelihood of a child actually seeing a dog give birth is slim. Most births occur at night and in a secluded area. The only lesson the child learns is that dogs can be created and discarded as humans see fit. The real miracle your child should experience is the knowledge that by preventing your dog from having babies, you are potentially saving the lives of hundreds of other dogs.


MYTH: My dog is a purebred.

FACT: At least one out of every four dogs turned in to animal shelters around the country are purebred. There are just too many dogs bred, both mixed breed and purebred.


MYTH: My dog will not be protective if I neuter him.

FACT: A dog’s natural instinct to protect his home and family is not affected by spaying or neutering. A dog’s personality owes much more to genetics and environment than sex hormones.


MYTH: I don’t want my male dog to feel like less of a male.

FACT: Dogs have no concept of sexual identity or ego and neutering does not change a dog’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer in any way when neutered.


MYTH: My dog is so special; I want a puppy just like her.

FACT: A professional dog breeder, whose bloodlines stretch back for generations, has no guarantee of getting a particular characteristic from a litter. The dog owner’s chances are even slimmer. In fact, a whole litter of puppies might wind up getting only the worst characteristics of your pet dog and her mate.


MYTH: Spaying and neutering is too expensive.

FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering is based on the age, size, and sex of the dog, your veterinarian’s fees, and other variables. However, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost, and if you factor in the many benefits, such as improved health throughout your dog’s lifetime, it is a relatively small charge. It’s a bargain compared to the costs associated with raising a litter of puppies, such as exams for the mother dog, puppy checks and vaccinations, the extra food you need, etc. If complications arise and you need emergency veterinary services, the costs could rise into the thousands. There is also the amount of time you will need to devote to the mother dog and her babies; two months of pregnancy followed by two more months before the puppies are weaned and ready to go to new homes. Most importantly, the price is small when compared to the satisfaction of knowing that you are not contributing to the very real problem of too many dogs and too few homes available for them. You can also check with your local animal welfare organizations. Many of them offer low-cost spay and neuter services.


MYTH: I have good homes available for all of the puppies.

FACT: True, you may have homes for your puppies, but for every home you find, there is one less home available for a shelter dog. Moreover, do you have guarantees that the people who take your puppies will not breed them and thus add even more dogs to the problem? Remember, the dog overpopulation problem is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.

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2:23AM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

Thank you!

6:47AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

continue ....
@Barbara, you told me, it was stress for the bitch to come in heat, even if one could not recognise. Maybe, but life is stress sometimes and stress isn't always bad.
Btw, if one can't recognise, where's the problem?

6:45AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Back again! Sorry I interrupted our little conversation, but I hadn't got the time to continue. To all of you who didn't read my former comment, I do not oppose spaying and neutering in dogs generally, but I do oppose generally spaying and neutering. There might be good reasons to do it, but there are other good reasons against.
For all of you who are so spay and neuter happy, I found a few studies by american vets. Maybe you believe them more than me for I'm not a scientist.
Here is the link:
If it deosn't work, you can look at ""

@Diane, no, I'm not living in a rural area, but in the outskirts of a small town in the crowded area of Upper Bavaria and after a short estimation I know about 15 dogs (about six males) in our neighbourhood. Most of them intact. And none of them did dig under or jump over fences to meet my bitches so far.
As far as I know, there are no what I call stray dogs in Germany. Maybe we have a different definition? Please tell me more about those in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.
There are of course abandoned dogs (bad enough) and maybe a few runaways, but they all get caught after a few hours, days or sometimes weeks and go to a shelter or a foster home.

@Barbara, y

5:38AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014


10:33AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

Spaying and neutering is an act of love and part of responsible animal care. The people that have an aversion to this probably haven't read this article or part of the care2 community.

5:35PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014


1:11PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thanks for posting

7:33AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

" As far as being a "purebread" what does it matter?"..........John C., the word is "purebred" with no "a", which translates to pure BREAD, no such word. Responsible people would only allow breeding to PUREBREDS of the highest quality, to promote their respective breeds in the hope and with the theory that breeding the best TO the best will result in something even better. You're right in that JUST being a "purebred" is not in and of itself ever a reason to breed an animal.

My own purebred (he turned 7 months old yesterday) is at the vet's as I'm typing, and I will pick him up this afternoon after he's gotten an "attitude adjustment.

7:13AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Dale B., I've commented in that discussion (about debarking) and I didn't read the info from the author about male dogs not being able to "sniff/smell" an "in heat" female from farther than a couple of feet. If I'd read that, I would have commented about it. That is the STUPIDEST remark I've read in an article posted by someone who supposedly knows about their subject. Male dogs can detect a female "in heat" from a mile away or even more. Their sense of smell is documented to be 100/X more acute than ours. Maybe SHE can't smell her "in heat" female, but then she isn't paid to sniff out drugs or cancers, I bet!

4:18PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Humans should also be spayed cause there's an overpopulation of humans already , that were finishing with the Planet. Instead of killing animals in mass, just spay them.

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