The decision to spay/neuter your dog or not, is an important one that every dog owner faces. There are a number of great reasons why you should. Here’s a rundown, if you’re still not convinced or if you’re an overprotective owner who’s just squeamish about putting your beloved pet through an optional surgical procedure.
Before we get down to the why, let’s settle the semantics- “Spaying” is for female dogs and “neutering” is for males. It is a simple surgical procedure that is usually performed right at the vet’s office. Ideally, it’s best performed at 4 months of age, before your dog’s first heat. However, the adage “better late than never” is definitely one that holds true here.
Here’s why you should consider having the procedure done immediately, if you haven’t thus far:
Neutering/spaying can have several positive health effects on your pooch. In females, it significantly helps decrease the risk of ovarian and uterine tumours, severe UTIs (Urinary tract Infections) and ovarian cysts. Recent research indicates that it can also offset the chances of breast cancer substantially. In males, neutering prevents testicular and prostate cancer and helps keep your little soldier’s private parts germ-free during mating season. What’s more- It has been unequivocally established by the scientific community that spayed/neutered pets tend to outlive their intact peers by an average of 3 years (across breeds).
Alongside, we’d also like to dispel any myths that you might have come across that claim that the procedure is followed by a period of rapid weight gain or doggie-depression. The agendas behind such rumours remain a mystery but rest assured, with a healthy diet and regular exercise, your pooch will remain just as trim and just as healthy.
The overpopulation problem that is being faced, especially with dogs and cats is a massive one. It’s an easy issue to miss among the myriad others that plague or society and among all the humdrum affairs of modern life, but it is an uneasy but solemn truth that we really don’t need any more litters. The sheer number of perfectly healthy and adorable pups that find themselves without a family, is appalling and extremely insulting to our notion of a society. In this climate of an increasing number of homeless dogs, it only makes sense to spay/neuter your pet, so as to not exacerbate/contribute to the problem of strays.
There’s enough homeless dogs for all dog lovers in the world to love, but adoption isn’t something everyone considers. Nevertheless, spaying/neutering goes a long way in ensuring that you are not worsening the problem, even if you have your own reasons to not adopt.
A pet dog’s first heat is a time of great revelation to many first-time dog owners. Many are not prepared to expect the drastic changes in mood and behaviour that accompany this intense period of primal urges. it’s an especially cruel period for a dog that is has not been spayed/neutered. Males disappearing during the season, roaming the neighbourhood in uncontrollable heat or females being subject to unwanted and potentially harmful attention are all problems that can very effectively be addressed by spaying/neutering. Negative behaviour traits like aggression, spray-peeing can be completely avoided.
A spayed/neutered pet will earn you brownie points with your neighbours – Un-spayed pets get up to a lot of ruckus around your home- with outdoor fauna, kids or traffic- and all of these can be safely avoided with a neutered pet.
Granted this isn’t a principle reason, only an auxiliary one, but spaying saves a lot of bucks in the long run. Having your doggie spayed/neutered only costs a fraction of what it costs to bring up and care for a litter (or litters!) or treating a severe disease (cancers, growths etc) or UTIs.