Why is it so important?
Why is spaying or neutering your dog so important?
There are truly countless reasons why you should spay/neuter your dog.
Not only, you will greatly improve your dog’s health and life, but you will also prevent many unwanted behaviors, and benefit the community as a whole.
You might ask, how is the community connected with my dog? Stay with me, we will answer this question, and many others, on why is so important to spay/neuter your dog.
Neutered dogs will live up to 40 % longer, as opposed to dogs who are not neutered!
When in heat, un-neutered dogs tend to wander, and there is a big possibility they could get hit by a car or get lost forever.
Furthermore, did you know that more than 60 % of male dogs who get hit by a car, are not neutered?
Neutering will also completely remove the risk for testicular cancer (the dog will never get it). It will greatly protect your dog from prostate diseases in his mature years. More than half of the dogs who are not neutered will get some form of prostate disease.
Unlike cleaning your dog’s teeth this procedure only needs to be done once.
Female dogs who are spayed can never suffer from uterine cancer. The risk of breast cancer is reduced by more than 20 %. You will also prevent ovarian and uterus diseases.
Small dogs can be in heat up to 3 times a year, medium-sized dogs every 6 months, and large dogs once a year.
Your female dog’s cycle will last up to 3 weeks. In this period, she will attract every available bachelor within a 20-mile range! She may also bleed all over the floor. In theory, smaller dogs can get pregnant up to 3 times a year!
There is a myth that your dog might get fat if you spay/neuter them. That is simply not true. If you maintain a healthy diet, accompanied by regular exercise, your dog will not get fat.
2) Reducing Or Completely Avoiding Unwanted And Aggressive Behavior
Did you know that most of the dog bites come from un-neutered dogs?
Male dogs can be over territorial, excessively bark, “mount” visitors and relatives, bite, and express other dangerous and unwanted behaviors. Some dogs will also pee all over the house to mark the territory.
Most of these behaviors completely disappear when the dog is neutered. This will also prevent your dog from running away, looking for a mate.
Animals are overly stressed when in heat. Spaying and neutering will improve their overall mood and balance any hormonal swings. It will not take away their femininity/masculinity.
If you want to have your dog’s puppies, you can always neuter/spay later on.
3) Saving Lives And Improving The Community
Spaying or neutering your dog is a 1-time cost! Since there is no possibility of your pet getting puppies, you will have no further costs. There is also no chance of the puppies going to the already overcrowded shelters.
If you want your dog to have puppies at least once, you can always spay/neuter later. It’s not good to wait until the dog gets very old, as there can be more complications further on.
Did you know?
Dogs and cats might be in heat while they are still very young (4 months for cats and 6 months for dogs). They can also get pregnant at that age!
Dogs are usually in heat every 6 months (up to 3 times a year for small dogs). Having puppies twice a year? That is a challenge for you and your dog!
Having puppies we can’t take care of, and then taking them to the shelter, is irresponsible.
Continuos pregnancy/mating in males will also exhaust your dog, and can highly reduce their life span.
If your dog has unwanted puppies that also never get spayed/neutered, their family tree can expand to more than 60 000 homeless dogs in only 6 years!
I hope you see why spaying and neutering are so important. Thank you for being a good parent to your pup, and thinking of what is best for them!