Why to spay and neuter your pets

Before I start blogging about specific breeds of dogs, I feel it’s imperative to talk about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It is paramount to spay your dogs (and cats) because it prevents breast tumors and uterine infections.  Spaying your pets helps ensure that they live a longer and happier life. Who doesn’t want that? On the behavioral side, your bitch won’t go into heat and will have better temperament. Neutering your dog prevents testicular cancer and reduces risk of prostate issues.  Similar to your bitch, fixing your male dog will improve his behavior and make him less likely to wander away from home if he gets out of the house. An unneutered male dog will go to great lengths to find a mate to breed with. An example of this would be digging holes under fences to escape and search for a mate. Once an unneutered dog escapes from home, he will wander around in search for a mate, potentially getting into fights with other male dogs and even getting hit by a car.

Some untrue beliefs about fixing your pets are that they will become overweight and it will fix behavior problems. Both are untrue. The sources of pet obesity come from overfeeding and a lack of exercise. A neutered or spayed pet will be able to focus better and that can improve upon relations between family/owner and pet, but it doesn’t fix all behavior problems. It is important to understand how to raise a dog correctly so they are well behaved. Having a well behaved dog is having a happy dog as they get most of their joy from pleasing their owners.

Additionally, pet overpopulation is a sad, yet serious issue in most communities and fixing your pets is your part in helping reduce the prevalent issue. Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized every year as a result of overpopulation which is due to unplanned litters.  Such liters can lead to strays which can cause accidents (pets running through traffic), affect wildlife (by praying on them), attack children and even adults, and many other issues.

If after reading that, you’re still not sold on the idea of spaying and neutering your pets, consider the cost benefits.  It’s considerably more expensive to have and care for a litter than to have your pet fixed. Hopefully if you’re in a position of pet ownership, you have the financial security to afford to spay and neuter your pets, but if the price at a veterinary clinic is too costly, there are cheaper alternatives like the SPCA and other non profits that are a fraction of the cost.

Dogs hate the cone of shame which in the past has been the only post surgery method to prevent dogs from chewing on their stitches. There are neck pillows (usually inflatable) that are much less stressful on a dog during it’s recovery and just as effective as a cone.  This is not something you can usually purchase from a vet, so I recommend buying one online or from a pet store prior to your dogs surgery.

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