Spaying or neutering your dog is very important in a number of ways. There are quite a few health benefits that you will want to take a look at.
Other than that, there are enough dogs who need homes already. Yes, puppies are cute and you can make a few bucks breeding, but is it really worth it to know you’re pumping more puppies into the world?
There are dogs right now who have sat in a shelter for years and are close to being euthanized.
Do the right thing – get your dog fixed and stop breeding puppies for YOUR OWN GAIN.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the benefits of having your dog spayed or neutered!
What Happens When a Dog is Fixed?
In a female dog, the ovaries and the uterus are removed. In a male dog, the the testicles are removed.
It is a surgical procedure, but they are typically the safest ones out there. Recovery time is minimal and your pup will bounce back to their regular self in no time.
The Benefits of Getting a Dog Fixed
There are a heck of a lot of benefits where getting your dog fixed is concerned, for both male and female dogs.
Compared to caring for a litter of pups, getting your dog fixed is insanely cheap. There are a ton of low-cost options out there that won’t break your bank, so paying an arm and a leg is a thing of the past now.
Dogs who have been fixed don’t feel the need to mark their territory by spraying urine all over their domain. This is also true with aggression and hyperactive issues, as well.
Keep in mind, however, they still need correction training and exercising. Your dog will calm down quite a bit, but it doesn’t stop the need for training and regular exercise.
Heat Cycles and Wandering Will Stop
Male dogs tend to wander to find a mate and female dogs go into heat.
Intact males can sometimes disappear from their backyards or bolt out an open door and keep going in order to find a mate to do the deed with. This is a natural behavior, but getting them fixed takes away that urge.
For female dogs, their cycles will vary depending on their body. A typical female will go into heat between 4 to 5 days over the span of 2 to 3 weeks during their regular season for breeding. Once spayed, this will stop.
Improved Health and Lowered Risks
Breast cancer and uterine infections in female dogs have a lowered risk of up to 50% when they are spayed, especially before their first heat cycle begins.
In male dogs, testicular cancer, for example, is prevented.
Rumors on Spaying and Neutering
Unfortunately, there are a lot of rumors circulating about the dangers and potential problems that go with spaying and neutering.
- It does not cause your pet to gain and become overweight
- Your pet’s behavioral problems will not be fixed
- Your pet will not become aggressive
The list above is the most common rumors and generally why most people won’t fix their dog.
The Appropriate Age to Spay/Neuter a Dog
Because the age will vary depending on the dog, I am not going to give you a number.
Go talk to your vet to ensure your dog is healthy enough to be fixed.