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REASONS TO SPAY/NEUTER

WHY SPAY OR NEUTER

It is very important to spay or neuter your pet dog if you are not planning to professionally breed or show the animal.In countries around the world, millions of unwanted animals are born each year.They are abandoned, or abused and end up starving, getting hit by vehicles or being euthanised, all because someone didnít want to spay or neuter their dog.This tragedy can easily be prevented.Shelters are full to capacity with unwanted dogs and cats.If you are a responsible owner you will spay or neuter your dog in order to cut down on the number of unwanted dogs that are born every year into a life of pain and misery.

BENEFITS

It is very beneficial to your pet to spay or neuter at an early age.It reduces the risk of certain reproductive cancers and diseases for both male and females.A female that is spayed before her first heat has a greatly reduced risk of developing uterine, ovarian, or breast cancer.Females can go into heat as early as 6 months and an unplanned pregnancy in a young pup can be potentially damaging to her health. She is in no way suited for motherhood at this age.Spayed or neutered pets also generally live longer.

THE FEMALE

During the heat cycle when she is receptive towards males, she may indulge in territorial marking, especially if there are other pets in the household or in the neighborhood.You will not have to worry about her escaping in search of a mate and perhaps being injured in the process. Unspayed females may suffer from a disorder known as false pregnancy, which mimics all of the physical and behavioral signs of pregnancy.It can also occur even when no mating has taken place.

Some females go through false pregnancy every time they come into heat.This is very hard on the female.This condition is totally preventable if you do not plan on professionally breeding or showing her.There is no benefit to be gained from waiting for her to have one heat cycle or one litter before she is spayed.Children can learn about the miracle of life from books and educational programs.

A female in heat will bleed, and spot the carpet and furniture.You will have to cover your furniture to avoid spotting.The carpets will also have to be cleaned to eliminate the odor and stains that will be left behind after a heat cycle.She will go into heat about every 6 months, which will increase your expenses.You could buy little pads that can be worn with a pair of dog panties, but most pets find these uncomfortable.

Spaying for females eliminates the heat cycle and therefore, the nervousness, blood and unwelcome males.The unwanted visits from neighborhood males who come to court your female can create its own problems.They will hang around your yard, marking their territory and fighting with other males who have also come courting.

FAT DOG

Spaying does not cause your dog to be overweight.As the dog reaches physical maturity, they become somewhat less active and they require fewer calories for energy. If you feed your dog a good quality dog food, give it daily exercise, and do not overfeed her, she will not gain too much weight.Even an unspayed dog will become fat if she is not taken proper care of.

THE SURGERY

This surgery can be performed as early as 3 to 4 months of age.Recent scientific research shows that a younger puppy can recover quicker from the surgical process.Talk to your veterinarian about when your pet should be spayed.Many veterinarians still prefer to perform this routine procedure at about 5 to 6 months of age.

Some people think that it is cruel to alter a pet.They feel that it is an unnecessary procedure. It is not cruel it is a preventative measure to help eliminate the overpopulation problem that exists.

The operation itself is a fairly simple and routine procedure.Most veterinarians will give a thorough physical before the anesthesia.It often includes a urinalysis and blood test.These tests are necessary to make sure there is no underlying medical problems such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease or chronic infection which would put the patient at greater risk during surgery.When this procedure is done on a young animal, it entails at most one or two day of discomfort.

For females, the ovaries, and uterus will be, remove, which eliminates the production of eggs.After the operation, the animal will continue to be monitored.Some veterinarians choose to keep the animal overnight for observation, but most animals that arrive in the morning for surgery can go home late in the afternoon to rest and recuperate.There will be specific instructions given to the owner to follow after the surgery.Follow these directions carefully and your pet will recover quickly and completely in a short time.Your local Humane Society will probably have a low-cost spay/neuter clinic that offers affordable services.

Although neutering is a surgical procedure that does require general anesthesia, the pet feels nothing during the procedure, and the risks are minimal.Certainly, the benefits far outweigh the risks.There is only a slight discomfort and the dog will usually be back on their feet within 24 to 72 hours.

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Breeding dogs is not always a moneymaking business.There are the veterinary bills, shots, food, stud fees, special care during pregnancy, such as vitamins, Brucellosis test, palpation to verify pregnancy, x-ray to verify number of pups and that is only for the female.

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Then once the puppies are born there are the veterinary bills for the puppies. That is if you do not run into complications like requiring a cesarean section, or veterinary assistance to deliver the puppies.A Veterinary visit within a day or two to make sure that they are all healthy, shots every 4 weeks, deworming, dewclaw removal, food and the advertising costs.

There is also the time spent caring for the puppies, loss of sleep, cleaning up after several puppies, several times every day, screening prospective buyers on the phone or in person and having total strangers come into your home to view the puppies.

Then there is also the expense of documentation to register the litter, register the individual dog, drawing up contracts and the ever present task of finding another home should the puppy not work out at its adopted home.

By the time the puppies are ready to go to there prospective homes you have invested a great deal of time, emotional involvement and money into the litter.

MALES

Neutering will not affect your dogís ability as a watchdog.He will probably be less aggressive towards other males that you will encounter on your daily walks.Unneutered males that are quite gentle can become very aggressive when there is a female in heat in the neighborhood.He may feel that any other male is invading his territory and a tragedy can occur when two males fight over a female.

It will eliminate the fear of him wandering in search of females in estrus and perhaps getting lost or injured in his search.†† A sexually active male must patrol his property and its constantly widening boundaries.If there is a female in heat within several miles of his home, he will seek her out.He will sometimes hang around the area for several days without returning to his own home.This increases the chance of him getting hit by a vehicle or getting into fights (and getting seriously injured) with other male dogs that have come to court the female.

It will reduce the risk of prostate and perianal tumors and cancers and will eliminate testicular tumors and cancers.

BEHAVIORAL BENEFITS

Other sexually related behaviors can include mounting human legs, climbing up on people, and marking territory on every upright surface he can find, which includes the furniture in your home.Neutering makes life more pleasant for everyone because it removes some of the behavioral traits which people find difficult to live with, traits that may ultimately land the dog in a shelter.

SURGERY

This surgery can be performed as early as 3 to 4 months of age.Recent scientific research shows that a younger puppy can recover quicker from the surgical process.Talk to your veterinarian about when your pet should be spayed.Many veterinarians still prefer to perform this routine procedure at about 5 to 6 months of age.Some people feel that altering a dog is a cruel and unnecessary procedure.It is not cruel; it is a preventative measure to reduce the number of unwanted dogs born every year to a life of misery.

The operation itself is a fairly simple and routine procedure.Most veterinarians will give a thorough physical prior to the anesthesia.It often includes a urinalysis and blood test.These tests are necessary to make sure there is no underlying medical problems such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease or chronic infection which would put the patient at greater risk during surgery.

When this procedure is done on a young animal, it entails at most one or two day of discomfort.For males, the testes will be removed, thus eliminating the source of sperm.After the operation, the animal will continue to be monitored.Some veterinarians choose to keep the animal overnight for observation, but most animals that arrive in the morning for surgery can go home late in the afternoon to rest and recuperate.There will be specific instructions given to the owner to follow after the surgery.Follow these directions carefully and your pet will recover quickly and completely in a short time.Your local Humane Society will probably have a low-cost spay/neuter clinic that offers affordable services.

Although neutering is a surgical procedure that does require general anesthesia, the pet feels nothing during the procedure, and the risks are minimal.Certainly, the benefits far outweigh the risks.There is only a slight discomfort and the dog will usually be back on their feet within 24 to 72 hours.