Because it’s the right thing to do. Shelter euthanasia is the number one killer of companion animals. Spaying and neutering is the only way to reduce or eliminate that. Additionally, millions of your tax dollars are spent every year dealing with stray and unwanted pets.
It’s better for your pet’s health and it’s better for you because it will make your life easier if your pet is spayed or neutered. Animals can be miserable when they’re in heat. And if they’re miserable, they’ll make you miserable.
Although only your vet can tell you an exact age, all dogs should be spayed/neutered when they’re puppies. You’ll still hear people say that pediatric spay/neuter is dangerous, but that’s simply not true. Those ideas about needing to wait until after a dog is six months or a year old are contrary to all scientific evidence. In fact, even the American Veterinary Medical Association supports early spay/neuter.
The puppies recover a lot faster than adults. It’s an easier surgery for them, and it reduces the rate of disease later on. It’s just a much easier procedure on younger animals. Don’t wait for heat and don’t wait for a litter. Medically, it’s better to spay your dog before her first heat. It greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors. Once they’ve had several heats, intact female dogs have a one out of four chance of developing mammary tumors.
And the problem with letting your dog have a litter is you’ve just instantly contributed to the pet overpopulation problem. Now you have to find homes for all those puppies. And for each home you find, there’s one less home for a dog that was already born.
Two myths busted
Having a dog spayed or neutered will not make them fat. Dogs, just like people, get fat when they eat too much and don’t get enough exercise. And that’s something you can control. You can use portion control and take your dog for a walk.
Spaying or neutering a dog will not keep him from being a guard dog. Spaying or neutering is not going to affect your dog’s desire or ability to protect your home or protect you. Guard dogs are created by training and other factors like genetics, instinct, environment, and training. Many, many police canine units spay or neuter their dogs. There’s absolutely no correlation between spaying or neutering an animal and its ability to protect you.
But people also need to understand that unless their dog has been trained to be a guard dog, it isn’t a guard dog. Most dogs are naturally protective, but if you truly need a dog for protection and your dog isn’t trained, then you don’t really have a guard dog.
Two benefits revealed
Neutering a dog will decrease and could eliminate territorial marking, which is when your dog pees in places he wants to declare his own– even if it’s inside your home. So by neutering early, before the animal reaches sexual maturity, you can prevent the marking behavior from becoming a habit.
Spaying/neutering your dog early can prevent several illnesses, which means less vet bills for you. In females, it greatly decreases mammarian cancer and completely eliminates uterine cancers and diseases. In males, it eliminates testicular cancers or diseases and can lower the risk of prostate cancer. Generally, spayed and neutered pets live longer, happier lives.
No excuses please
If you have enough resources to take care of a dog, you have enough resources to have it spayed/neutered. In fact, there are thousands of low cost clinics that would be glad to help you do this for your dog. All it takes is a call to make your dog happier and healthier. It’ll make your life easier too!