For me, it would simply be a question of numbers, a dog or cat could potentially have a dozen pups or kits, and unless you have the space, time and the money, there's no way you could look after them all. You'd have to sell them, and I don't know about you, but I couldn't do that. So that's why its best to get them neutered or spayed.
Actually read something the other day where a person was saying its cruel and against nature to have pets sprayed and neutered. No, whats cruel and against everything right and decent is having to euthanize millions of dogs and cats every year, year after year. And no, your male cat won't hold it against you if he's neutered.
Where I live - if fixed - I get access to discounted fees at the vet plus cheaper dog tags. And he didn't slow down and get fat. - my dog is quick and lively.
Pet ownership calls for immense responsibility, all pet owners want their pets to be in good health and behavior. When you talk about behavior and health of dogs, one inevitable question that often comes to mind is whether you should neuter your dog. Many new dog owners may not know the reasons for neutering dogs and often perceive neutering of dogs as unnecessary agony inflicted on their beloved pets. If you adopt a dog from a shelter the read more
Female dogs have a problem that they get when they are not spayed where their vaginal tube bloats up with puss. It is called Pyometra, it is nasty and they have to be spayed then. Not only that but they have to have a round of antibiotics with this spaying because they have an infection. It will cost you twice as much then. They also get breast tumors when they are not spayed. They are much better off being spayed unless they are a pureblood that you plan to breed. The hormones also make them harder to get along with and my mom's female had cramps when she went into heat.
Male dogs are generally more aggressive when they have not been neutered. It is the male thing, they have to be tougher. If they are in the general vicinity of a female dog that is in heat, they are a pain in the neck, trying to get to the female.
Dogs just flat make better pets when they are spayed and neutered. They are friendlier and you don't have to worry about adding to the gross over-population of the dog and cat world. There are way too many being put to sleep to just let them breed indiscriminantly and they will breed. Save a few lives at the outset and just responsibly have your pet fixed.
First off it is a personal choice to get your pets spayed and neutered. But, from a professional standpoint, I see hundreds of accidental pups homeless and neglected because owners didn't spay their female dogs. At the same time people who have female dogs that aren't spayed and don't know that the neighbor's dog isn't neutered you run the risk of having to take of pups for at least 8 weeks.
Financially it is more responsible to have pets spayed and neutered because pups can cost a butt load if you don't find them homes right away after they turned 8 weeks old.
For those that have male dogs, the desire to roam is lower in dogs that are neutered. Also, by neutering male dogs they have lower testosterone which means lower aggression prone. From a parent's point of view, male dogs that aren't neutered are the largest group of dogs that inflict bites on people and other domestic pets. So if you have children it lowers the risk of having to deal with a dog that bites or attacks unprovoked.
If your dog is male and not neutered it is also very rude towards your neighbors because they may have female dogs that are not spayed. And if your dog gets out when their's is in heat you are to blame.
Neutering is recommended to control overpopulation. Animals are destroyed on a daily basis because of high numbers of unadopted pets. It also helps our pets by preventing agressiveness in males and estrus in females which attracts unwanted and unpleasant attention from males, esp. in cats.
It's better for their health (prevents testicular cancer, reduces prostate problems) and their temperments (reduces agression, decreases their deisre to roam) to have dogs neutered. Also, there are so many dogs, cats and other animals born every day to people who didn't want them who end up in shelters without homes, or even worse euthanized.
Neutering your pet will prevent him or her from reproducing and adding to the pet overpopulation problem. It also offers numerous health benefits, even if your dog or cat is confined and never allowed to come into contact with other animals.
Spaying, which is the removal of the entire uterus and both ovaries in a female animal, will protect her from potentially fatal uterine infections and tumors. It also drastically reduces the incidence of breast cancer.
Castration, the removal of the male's testicles, reduces the incidence of roaming, mounting, urine marking, and aggression with other males. Your male pet, once neutered, will be less likely to fight with other animals or to get hit by cars while roaming around looking for a date. Neutered males are also much less likely to develop prostate disease and some types of tumors.
by Whitney 10 years ago
I just had a comment saying that spaying and neutering should be illegal because they are more complicated procedures than cropping and docking a dog's tail.Do you agree or disagree? I thought that it would be interesting to see how many people agree with this statement.
by mirra 6 years ago
The hubby and I can't decide whether we should neuter our puppy. I have read both pros and cons of neutering online and it seems there are complications to both such as neutering too early can cause development issues and certain cancers and not neutering can cause roaming and prostate cancer....
by Rachel Vega 6 years ago
Are male dogs friendlier than female dogs in general?I'm more of a cat person, so I'd love to know the answer.
by Katelyn Weel 6 years ago
My dog was just neutered, and now humps everything in sight... I don't get it. Any ideas?
by doodlebugs 6 years ago
Should more counties and cities require dogs to be spayed or neutered if now owned by a breeder?Should more cities and counties require dogs to be spayed and neutered if not owned by a registered breeder? Requiring this could cut down on the number of pets that have to be euthanized each year.
by Michelle Liew 6 years ago
What are the benefits and disadvantages of sterilizing your pet?
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