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
- Altered dogs, on average, live longer, healthier lives.
- Female dogs spayed before their first birthday are 99.9 percent less likely to develop reproductive cancer.
- Altered dogs behave better and are more focused on training.
- You’ll stop overpopulation. One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in just six years.
- You’ll stop homelessness. Only one in four dogs find a permanent, loving home.
- 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.
- Eighty percent of dogs struck by vehicles are unaltered males.
- The majority of dog bites to postal carriers are from unaltered male dogs.
- Pet licensing fees are lower in cost for altered dogs in many cities and countries.
- 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.