To ensure that a female dog can’t possibly get pregnant, the process of spaying removes the reproductive organs entirely. Males can be neutered, a process in which their testicles will be removed so they can’t get females pregnant. Some owners think doing this is rather cruel. However, they’re actually quite beneficial. Read on to learn the top three reasons to get your dog spayed or neutered.
Dogs can get sick just like we can. And just like us, there are many different diseases that they can develop. Every owner should make an effort to learn about common dog diseases that can affect their pet.
If you care about your dog like you’re supposed to, you’ll do everything in your power to ensure that he or she stays in good health. Having them spayed or neutered has been proven to do so. Unspayed females have a higher chance of developing uterine infections. Even worse, their odds of getting breast cancer are dramatically higher. According to the ASPCA, about half of dogs that get breast cancer succumb to the disease.
Males that haven’t been neutered may have problems with their prostate in the future. They’ll also be disposed to cancer like their female counterparts, although the disease will affect their testicles. To prevent these health problems, it’s best to have females spayed before they’ve entered their first heat cycle. Males should be neutered prior to reaching the six-month anniversary of their birth.
If the health of your dog isn’t enough to convince you to get the process done, then consider their behavior. When dogs are in heat, their behavior will change dramatically. Males will have a tendency to roam away from your home in order to find a suitable mate. If they can’t get away, then they’ll likely be very aggressive and mark their territory with powerful urine.
Females won’t act like ladies either. They’ll spray urine themselves and yell and whine to show what mood she’s in. You won’t have to deal with these behavioral problems if you have them spayed or neutered.
Having your dog surgically fixed will also help you save money. How much money would you expect to pay caring for a litter if your female ended up pregnant unexpectedly. You could try to give them away, but you’d still have to pay for food and possibly veterinary costs in the meantime. Roaming, unneutered males will help contribute to these problems too.
Your financial status isn’t the only one at stake. Communities all around the country are plagued by stray dogs everywhere. Shelters exist to help care for them while suitable owners can be found, but they’ve been overwhelmed for years. Tons of money is spent every year trying to combat this problem.
It isn’t cruel to have your dog spayed or neutered. Talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible if you have yet to have it done.
Author: Darrin Swain