Should I spay / neuter my dog?
The answer is YES!
A spayed/neutered dog will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying females eliminates unwanted litters, the chance of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the chance of breast cancer, especially if she is spayed before her first heat cycle. Neutering males generally eliminates the urge to roam for females in season, eliminates testicular cancer and greatly reduces the chance of prostate cancer.
Spaying/neutering is also good for the community. Shelters spend millions of your tax dollars every year to control unwanted animals and euthanize pets they no longer have room to keep.
SOME OF THE MYTHS ABOUT SPAY/NEUTER
MYTH: Spay/neuter is expensive.
FACT: If the cost of the one-time surgery seems high, think of the cost of properly raising a litter of puppies or the cost of battling one of the cancers mentioned above. There are agencies that can help with the cost of the surgery.
MYTH: Dogs are less protective after sterilization.
FACT: Any changes from spay/neuter are generally positive. If you form a bond with your pet, he will generally alert you to harm.
MYTH: Male dogs don’t give birth so I don’t need to neuter him.
FACT: It takes two to tango! While a female may only have two litters a year, a male can impregnate many females each and every day.
- For every human born each day, there are 7 puppies born.
- One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in 6 years.
- More than 11,000,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters every year. Millions more are simply abandoned – sentenced to die of disease or hunger or under the wheels of a vehicle.
- Approximately 61% of all dogs that enter a shelter are euthanized because of a lack of space.