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Why Spay or Neuter Your Dog

Why Spay or Neuter Your Dog

The birth of a litter of puppies is certainly a miracle to behold. But it’s time for a reality check: There are simply not enough homes for all. Show true compassion for the dogs of the world by having your dog spayed (for females) or neutered (for males) before 6 months of age.

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  • If you have your veterinarian spay your female dog before her first heat (estrus) cycle, you’re doing her a terrific favor. Spaying dramatically reduces her risk of developing uterine infections, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.
  • As for the boys, neutered males have far fewer prostate problems (including cysts, abscesses, and prostate cancer) than do unaltered males, and they can’t develop testicular cancer. They are less likely to roam, fight, demonstrate aggressiveness, or display hyperactive behavior.
  • Schedule the surgical appointment early in the day so that you can pick your dog up in the early evening (Unless your vet recommends an overnight stay). Also, select a time when you will be home for a couple of days after the surgery—weekends are good—so that you can provide comfort and reassurance to your healing friend.

Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Dog

  1. Altered dogs, on average, live longer, healthier lives.
  2. Female dogs spayed before their first birthday are 99.9 percent less likely to develop reproductive cancer.
  3. Altered dogs behave better and are more focused on training.
  4. You’ll stop overpopulation. One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in just six years.
  5. You’ll stop homelessness. Only one in four dogs find a permanent, loving home.
  6. You’ll stop the killings. More than eight million surplus dogs and cats are destroyed each year because there are not enough homes for them. Taxpayers pick up the tab to the tune of $300 million.
  7. Eighty percent of dogs struck by vehicles are unaltered males.
  8. The majority of dog bites to postal carriers are from unaltered male dogs.
  9. Pet licensing fees are lower in cost for altered dogs in many cities and countries.
  10. Thanks to improved surgical and anesthesia equipment and techniques, you can spay a female or neuter a male as early as 8 weeks of age. Don’t hesitate.

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Read more: Pets, Behavior & Communication, Everyday Pet Care

Excerpted form 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog,by Arden Moore. Copyright (c) 2000 by Storey Books. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Excerpted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog, by Arden Moore.

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50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog, by Arden Moore

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6:15AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

thank you for sharing 8/7

5:50PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

adopted our dog spayed by the shelter, rescue them from shelters instead of buying from a puppy mill

7:44AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Thanks for the info.

11:41AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:16PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

So many ignorant humans don't care about the poor dogs and cats that are murdered because not enough homes re supply and demand with the influx of new born pets.Horrible selfish bastards.Spay and neuter your pets and ban puppy mills



11:15PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

So many igorant humans don't care about the poor dogs and cats that are murdered because not enough homes re supply and demand with the influx of new born pets.Horrible selfish bastards.Spay and neuter your pets and ban puppy mills

10:22PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

It will reduce the putting, to sleep of animals too.

11:00PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

I am trying to convince my friend's 13-year-old daughter to spay her purebred Yorkie. Thus far, none of the above reasons are working on her. The one thing that seems to be changing her mind is the practicalities of a dam in heat: the idea of male dogs wanting to 'get at' her, and the bleeding (can you believe that a 13-year-old did not realize that an intact female dog has a period...)

2:07PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Very good article. Many good reasons for spaying and neutering. Be blessed.

12:44PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

They do have better cat foods these days to help prevent male cats who have been neutered from having urinary tract blockage.Back in the day..I had a male cat that had 2 subsequent operations to rebuild his urinary tract because he was prone to blockages.These days..MUCH better options available in cat food to help prevent that.

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